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BY UPESI REPORTR,NAIROBI,22ND JUNE,2020-The Nuclear Power and Energy Agency has today (Monday )donated a testing kit with the capability of analyzing samples submitted for coronavirus screening within an hour and a half.
The Product Quantity and Routing (PQR) analyzer to be stationed at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) will support ongoing efforts to upscale COVID-19 screening.
“It goes through a lot of certification, and as you are aware, as we develop nuclear power plant there are other application of nuclear aspects for the health sector for cancer treatment that uses technology. So we are here today to donate this machine that will help the Ministry in testing and detecting the virus and finally release the results faster,” Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said when he handed over the kit.
While receiving the donation, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said the machines will come in handy as they not only test for COVID-19 but also HIV among infants.
“It is a machine that we will use basically for any testing when it comes to RNA and DNA testing. Indeed it is a worthwhile resource that we appreciate. The fight continues so I urge all of you to continue adhering to all containment measures and aim to flatten this curve,” Mwangangi said.