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NABDA unveils indigenous technology that produces hospital gadgets

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By Sylvester Thompson

Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, the Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), says the agency has unveiled indigenous technology that can produce all necessary gadgets to be used in hospitals across the country.

Mustapha said this on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the 2024 Science, Technology and Innovation Expo in Abuja.

According to him, NABDA has developed test kits for COVID-19.

“The move was not for the disease to resurface, but to show that the agency is capable of developing other kits for testing.

“It also means that the agency has indigenous technology that can provide all the necessary gadgets to be used in hospitals in Nigeria,” director-general said.

According to him, the test kits are cheaper, more efficient.

He said that the agency was also working on vaccine technology which would soon be developed.

“We are hoping that this will transform the medical line in our country, ” director-general said.

He added that the agency had discovered lassa fever drug which was still under clinical trial.

He said that the agency’s indigenous biodigester could be used to provide electricity especially to rural communities in the country.

” It can be used to provide gas for cooking as well as energy for whatever demand.

“With these developments, it means that we have researches that can take into consideration and transform the Nigerian economy, ” Mustapha said.

Earlier, the NABDA D-G made a presentation on, “STI: Solution to national economic challenges, the role of biotechnology. “

Dr Rose Gidado, Director, Agricultural Biotechnology department of the NABDA and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the NABDA expo, remarked that biotechnology was a game changer.

“It has revolutionalised our world in countless ways, from advancements in medicine and agriculture, to environmental sustainability and industries processes,” she said.(NAN)

Edited by Deji Abdulwahab

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