A tech device that can detect Malaria within 5 seconds have been developed and will be coming to Nigeria soon. Malaria is one of the most deadliest disease in the world. Despite the fact that it is curable and preventable, World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015 estimated that 438,000 people died from malaria mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Reports has it that Nigeria’s entire 177 million population is at risk from malaria. The country accounts for an estimated 23% of cases worldwide and a third of all deaths. Malaria is the leading cause of child deaths in the country and around 250,000 Nigerian children die every year from the disease.
Apps that keeps mosquitoes away are cool but John Lewandowski, a 26-year-old PhD student in mechanical engineering at MIT made a mechanical device called RAM (Rapid Assessment of Malaria) that can diagnose malaria from a drop of blood in five seconds.
With a single drop of blood, Lewandowski’s RAM device can accurately detect the presence of malaria using Magneto-Optical Detection as early as a week before symptoms even present themselves. Like a pregnancy test, the RAM analyzes the sample and returns either a positive or negative response.
Beyond the outer box and LCD display, the RAM consists mainly of a circuit board, a laser, some magnets and an SD card reader.
A recent filed test in India yielded results that were accurate 93% to 97% of the time, and the company will launch a new field trial this summer in Nigeria that hopes will test as many as 5,000 patients.
This is a good development, coming to Nigeria.