Botswana COVID-19 testing boosted as De Beers donates P1.7million machine

De Beers Group on Tuesday donated a state-of-the-art COVID-19 testing machine to the Government of Botswana. The highly sought-after testing machine, valued at 1.7 million Pula, forms part of De Beers Group’s non-monetary support for the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The machine is being installed at the National Health Laboratory in Gaborone and will play a vital role in supporting Botswana’s COVID-19 testing programme.

Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group said;

“We are proud to stand side by side with our partners in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. While financial support is crucial, we also recognise that sourcing key equipment at times of heightened global demand is hugely important, and we are delighted to have been able to secure this machine on behalf of the people of Botswana. 

We will continue to work with the  Government to understand how else we can support the critical work focused on keeping Botswana’s citizens safe and well.”

Receiving the machine on behalf of the Government of Botswana, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Lemogang Kwape expressed gratitude for the donation and stressed that it will be centrally important for reducing test result turnaround times. 

“This machine will indeed assist in getting more people tested and we are grateful to De Beers Group for the support,” Dr Kwape said.

The testing machine is a QIAGEN EZ1 Advanced XL instrument. It performs fully automated nucleic acid purification and enables approximately 150 tests per day. The machine, manufactured in Germany, is designed to ensure high process safety, high performance and user convenience.

Source: The Botswana Gazette

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