x Health Men's Health Children's Health Nutrition and Wellness Reproductive Health Health & Science Digital News Videos Opinions Cartoons Education E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise BULK SMS E-Learning Digger Classified The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
Login ×
BTV
VAS
DCX
RMS

Company to start Covid-19 antibody testing

Health & Science - By Gatonye Gathura | May 18th 2020 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

A private firm is set to launch in Kenya a test that tells if a person has previously been infected with Covid-19. This is also known as antibody test.

Pathologists Lancet Kenya will launch two antibody tests; the Abbot ELISA and Wondfo RDT, with a free offer to test a select number of front-line health workers.

“We have already validated the tests and presented the findings to the government and hope to launch this week,” said Ahmed Kalebi, the Lancet Kenya CEO.

If results show that one has antibodies, it means that you were likely infected with Covid-19 in the past, even if you had no symptoms.

Antibodies are substances (proteins) produced by the body to fight a disease and are unique to that particular disease-causing agent, in this case, the Covid-19.

This will be the first time an antibody test of the disease will be available in Kenya, with Lancet indicating it may cost around Sh2,500 for those interested.

Currently, available tests are only for diagnosing the disease.

“We have not started using the antibody tests though it may have value in giving an indication of how many people within a community have been exposed to the virus,” said Ahmed Aman, the Cabinet Administrative Secretary for Health during a recent media briefing.

“It is important to test targeted groups such as front-line health workers and those in essential services, including transporters and hospitality industry so as to safely plan their deployment,” said Dr Kalebi.

Scientists are working on historical evidence that shows people infected with other types of coronaviruses develop some immunity protecting them from re-infection for some time. “After being infected with this virus, most individuals can be immune for a while,” says Marc Lipsitch, a disease expert at Harvard University, US.


Covid19 antibody test
Be The First To Comment

Top Stories

How borehole water hurts your health
Health & Science - By Gatonye Gathura


400 more test Covid-19 positive as counties receive vaccine
Health & Science - By Betty Njeru


Eve D’Souza narrates Covid-19 jab experience
Health & Science - By Jael Mboga


Detaining patients illegal, court declares
Health & Science - By Kamau Muthoni


Covid-19 vaccination exercise kicks off at KNH
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


Dr Amoth first public officer to get Covid-19 vaccine
Health & Science - By Jael Mboga


President Uhuru flags off national distribution of Covid-19 vaccine
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa and Sara Okuoro


Shot in the arm for counties as Uhuru flags off vaccines
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa and Peterson Githaiga


Focus turns on 15 counties as HIV infections rise
Health & Science - By Mercy Adhiambo


Nothing has been left to chance, says Kagwe as vaccine roll-out set for Friday
Health & Science - By Judah Ben-Hur


Latest Stories

Covid-19 vaccination exercise kicks off at KNH
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


Merck says study shows COVID-19 drug causes quick reduction in virus
Health & Science - By Reuters


Kenya records 633 new Covid-19 cases
Health & Science - By Vincent Kejitan


Eve D’Souza narrates Covid-19 jab experience
Health & Science - By Jael Mboga


Detaining patients illegal, court declares
Health & Science - By Kamau Muthoni


Shot in the arm for counties as Uhuru flags off vaccines
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa and Peterson Githaiga


Covid-19 vaccine to be administered today
Health & Science - By Beldeen Waliaula


400 more test Covid-19 positive as counties receive vaccine
Health & Science - By Betty Njeru


Dr Amoth first public officer to get Covid-19 vaccine
Health & Science - By Jael Mboga


Why Covid jab got cold reception at airport
Health & Science - By Graham Kajilwa


//

Stay Ahead!

Access premium content only available
to our subscribers.

Or Login With Your Standard Account
Support independent journalism
×
Create An Account
Support independent journalism
I have an account Log in
Reset Password
Support independent journalism
Log in