Coronavirus: Firm says its Covid-19 testing kit will give results in 1 hour
Molbio Diagnostics said its testing kits will help the health department get results of Covid-19 suspected people much faster.
- A company claims its Covid-19 testing kits can deliver results in an hour
- The company’s testing kit has got approval from ICMR
- The kits could significanltly ramp up Covid-19 testing in India
Afirm said its Covid-19 testing kits, which will give results in just one hour, has been approved by the Indian Council For Medical Research (ICMR).
Molbio Diagnostics Private Limited said its testing kits will help the health department get results of Covid-19 suspected people much faster. Much of the tests which are being conducted now take more than a day or more to show results.
The company claims its rapid test kits can be taken anywhere and the patient does not travel to a designated hospital to get tested.
Dr Chandrashekhar Nair, Chief Technical Officer, Molbio Diagnostics, told India Today TV that the device is already being used in the states like Goa and Andhra Pradesh for testing TB cases.
He added that it will now be used to test Covid-19 as well. His company is also in talks with the Karnataka government to begin testing here.
“The entire set up is just made up of 2 machines. The swab sample is taken and placed in the first machine where he total nucleic acids are extracted and the inhibitors are removed. It is completely automated and in under 20 minutes, the prepared sample is ready,” Chandrashekhar said explaining the process.
“A reagent is added to the nucleic acid and then placed on a chip which is inserted into the second machine. This is a real time PCR, it is quantitative, battery-operated, field usable device,” he added.
He went on to say that the cost of each test is under Rs 1,350 and reiterated that these kits can help the government amplify Covid-19 testing.