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Africa has made its first cancer test kit
The kit will be available for testing in a few days
Africans will not have to travel to other countries to investigate

New Delhi. Africa has achieved great successes in the field of health. The first cancer test kit made in Africa to treat breast cancer and leukemia will soon be available here, reducing the time and cost of testing and treating patients across the continent. be commercially available within a month. Until now, most diagnostic kits for cancer and other diseases in Africa come from outside the continent. Usually these are imported from Europe and America at high prices. Hassan Sefraoui, board member of the Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and Research (MASciR), said the kits could take weeks or months to arrive.

Sefraui said that since 2010, work to manufacture the cancer kit has continued. He said that leukemia tests have already been used on 400 people in Morocco. He said that so far samples for leukemia and breast cancer were sent to France for processing. But locally made test kits can get results within hours.

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Morocco. Here, it is one of the leading causes of death among women. While it has a high survival rate after initial diagnosis (early stage). In low- and middle-income countries, including Morocco, cases of breast cancer are detected at a more advanced stage. Due to which the death rate from breast cancer is high here. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa’s reliance on imported tests, treatments and vaccines has been a serious concern for health authorities on the continent. It is estimated that 70% of pharmaceuticals (medicines) and 99% of vaccines used in African countries are imported.

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Health experts have expressed concern over reliance on other countries
“Africa is highly dependent on other countries for health materials,” Christian Happy, director of the Africa Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, told a health conference in Rwanda last month. He said that “at the beginning of the epidemic, we were completely dependent on other countries. We couldn’t even make simple diagnoses. He discussed ways to increase Africa’s manufacturing capacity at the conference. The African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation was launched last year to expand production in Africa.

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“We still need a comprehensive strategy to support local manufacturers who make Moroccan diagnostic kits available in other African countries,” said Yenyu Kebede Tebeje, head of laboratories and networks at the African Disease Control Center. diseases on health facilities in Africa. MASciR to do so. Tebeje said that “the initial cost of purchasing cancer kits from MASciR may be higher than non-African competitors, as small businesses have to import raw materials.” But what I hope for is a long-term effect. When these companies become strong and expand their manufacturing capacity, we will see cost benefits. He said that within three years, the cost can be reduced.

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