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Table 1 Materials and costs for laboratory diagnoses by Giemsa staining at the Baptist Medical Centre/Bowen University, 2009.

From: Cost comparison of microscopy vs. empiric treatment for malaria in southwestern nigeria: a prospective study

Cost of Supplies in bulk Cost of materials for each test Materials used for a Giemsa thick smear Materials used for a Giemsa thin smear
▪ Methanol: N5,500/2.5L
▪ Slides: N200/50 slides
▪ EDTA tube: N21,000/1500
▪ (Blood lancets) N600/200
▪ Syringes and Needles N1800/100
▪ Giemsa Stain N3500/500 mL
▪ Buffer salts (Disodium hydrogen orthophosphate and potassium dihydrogen orthophosphate) N3500/kg
▪ Cover Slips: N250/100
▪ Immersion Oil: N2,500/100 mL
▪ EDTA tube N14
▪ Giemsa Stain: N3.11
▪ Methanol fix N8.8
▪ Slide: N4
▪ Cover slip: N2.5
▪ Syringe: N18
▪ Buffer (Giemsa): N0.26
▪ Lancet: N3
▪ 4 mL buffer (1 part stain to 9 parts buffer)
▪ 0.44 mL Giemsa Stain
▪ 4 mL of Buffer to wash slide
▪ 0.05 mL of oil for microscope viewing
▪ 1 EDTA Tube
▪ 1 Slide
▪ 1 Cover Slip
▪ 1 syringe and needle
▪ 4 mL buffer (1 part stain to 9 parts buffer)
▪ 0.44 mL Giemsa Stain
▪ 4 mL of Buffer to wash slide
▪ 0.05 mL of oil for microscope viewing
▪ 4 mL Methanol for fixation
▪ 1 EDTA Tube
▪ 1 Slide
▪ 1 Cover Slip
▪ 1 syringe and needle
  1. Note: N. stands for Naira, the Nigerian currency. EDTA stands for ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, a blood preservative.