An African company, The Moroccan Association for Advanced Sciences, Innovation and Research is carrying out the first African-manufactured kits to diagnose breast cancer and leukemia.
This action is bound to cut cost and time spent waiting in Morocco and other African countries.
Quoting Hassan Sefrioui, a MASCIR executive board member, the guardian wrote “the price of the kit can be double that of what it would cost to manufacture it locally. It is also a long process, it can take weeks or months for the kits to arrive”.
According to Sefrioui, MASCIR has been conducting research on the kits since 2010, he also added that the Leukemia test have been tested on 400 people in Morocco
In earlier times, diagnosing such diseases took so much time as the samples had to be sent to France for analysis prolonging and also delaying treatment. “But with locally manufactured test kits, we can get results within hours” Sefrioui said.
MASCIR also developed Covid diagnostic kits during the pandemic which were sold in Senegal, Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire and Rwanda. The Guardian also recalled that Sefrioui said the cancer tests could also be available to those countries.