The country has no shortage of testing kit thanks to a lab at the ousted New BESTA.
Researchers are developing a $1 quick diagnostic kit originally made to test for dengue fever.
“There is no need for a highly equipped lab, it’s a simple test that can be done anywhere. The idea is to rapidly produce 2 to 4 million kits not just for us, but for African countries, so that we can detect and isolate patients quickly,” Amadou Sall said.
With only 50 ventilator machines for 16 million people, Senegalese engineer are using a 3D printing machine to produce more while imported ventilators cost sixteen thousand dollars, this one is just $60.
Senegal is counting the cost and it’s paying off more than a month into the outbreak, the small West African nation suffered only two deaths, with most patients treated healed.
And while it has a tiny health budget compared to those countries, it has a wealth of experience in dealing with infectious diseases and outbreaks.