By Emmanuel Mogbede
Mr Bob Udeagha, the Managing Director Bundi International Diagnostics Ltd., says his company plans to drastically reduce the cost of COVID-19 test to N5,000 to make it more affordable to the common man.
Udeagha made this known at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja while unveiling the Bundi Active Pure Air Purifier, a technology against COVID-19 to the public.
He decried the current situation where Nigerians paid as much as N49, 000 to run COVID-19 test, in addition to the stress involved.
He said this was regrettable, noting that COVID-19 test was free in many parts of the world.
Udeagha, a U.S.-based Nigerian, said his desire was to prevent COVID-19 related deaths in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
“We have seen and experienced the financial burden placed on many Nigerians, especially those traveling outside the country and those returning home due to the high cost of taking COVID-19 test.
“To address this issue, our team of researchers believes that many Nigerians are soon going to benefit from this research and partnership that has produced locally manufactured COVID-19 Antigen detection Rapid Test.
“As we work assiduously to actualise this goal for the good of our dear country, we pray for your stanch support.
“In answer to the clarion calls from the Nigerian Government for Nigerians in Diaspora to come home and play their part in developing our nation.
“I honoured the call as a patriotic Nigerian in 2004, when the rise in HIV infections was growing rapidly,’’ he said.
He said his company had partnered with an American research company to produce the first Rapid Test kits for HIV, malaria and pregnancy among others.
Udeagha said that in his quest to find solutions to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the rate of devastation it had brought to the entire world, his team of researchers went into partnership with an American company.
He said the team came up with a device that provide continuous and proactive surface and air disinfection for all indoors spaces.
“The device has been tested and proven to purify surfaces and protect us while indoors from the harmful gases, smoke, pathogens, odour and volatile organic compounds.’’
He further explained that Bundi Active Pure Air Purifier was the only Patented Photo Catalytic Oxidation (PCO), technology that would assist Nigerians purify and deliver good quality air in all indoor spaces.
He said the product was currently being used in the U. S. to help people get back to public assembly.
“Simply put, this air purifier’s patented solution first creates protective molecules that actively combat airborne and surface pathogens.
“These molecules are created continuously to fill indoor spaces where they seek out and destroy any pathogens that enter including the virus that causes COVID-19.
“It does not wait for the pathogens to come to us it goes after it and neutralise it.
“This technology according to the U. S. manufacturer has been cleared as a Class II Medical Device by the U.S FDA and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),’’ he said.
Udeagha said that through his team of researchers and partnership with another American company, Nigerians would soon be able to have access to COVID-19 Antigen Detection Rapid Test kits at very affordable prices.
He said his company had been partnering with the Federal Ministry of health (FMOH) since 2005.(NAN)