Malaria infects some 300 million to 600 million every year around the world, according to UNICEF. But Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounts for 90% of the world’s 580,000 annual malaria deaths and Nigeria accounts for 18% of global infections.
However, it appears the fight against malaria in Nigeria is set for a huge boost as the world’s first urine malaria test is set to debut. Fyodor Biotechnologies ,a US based biotechnology firm founded by Nigerian Eddy Agbo, the urine malaria test provides point-of-need diagnosis of the Plasmodium parasite using dipstick technology as used with manual pregnancy tests. The urine malaria test is expected to be in pharmacies across Nigeria before the end of the year.
On the November 11, 2015 , Geneith pharm Limited partnered with Fyodor Biotechnologies to launch first ever Non-Blood Malaria Test kit in Nigeria at the National Hospital, Abuja.