India get it’s first covid-19 test kit!
A major step taken to win the fight against coronavirus, India gets its first covid-19 test kit. It is a big breakthrough in the covid-19 testing procedure in the country which has currently recorded more than 500 confirmed cases and is fearing to enter stage three soon. Pune based molecular diagnostic company has developed first made in India test kit for Covid-19 within a time period of 6 weeks, an incredible win. This is a big breakthrough for India regarding the coronavirus pandemic spread which has claimed thousands of lives worldwide. Mylab has got ICMR approval as well and made an indigenous covid-19 test kit. What lies inside? Let’s take a look!
Mylab creates First made in India Covid-19 test kit!
The Indian government so far has been struggling to get testing kit and asked millions of such kits from Germany to facilitate testing to diagnose of Coronavirus patients. Just in the time of need, Mylab Discovery Solutions Pvt Ltd, a Pune based molecular diagnostic company has created India’s first covid-19 test kit that can assure testing almost thousand samples a day. This kit which is known as Mylab PathoDetect COVID-19 Qualitative PCR kit or the Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests becomes the first to get commercial approval from the Indian FDA/ Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation! This kit has also managed to get 100% sensitivity and specificity in the ICMR evaluation.
In the contemporary lab based checking that takes at least minimum 4 hours for test effects to come out, Mylab’s testing time is only 2 and a 1/2 hours, stated Dr Gautam Wankhde, Medical Director Mylab to ET. Mylabs is calling to charge the kit round INR 1200. The company’s kits can examine one thousand samples from large labs and 200 from smaller labs.
“With emphasis on ‘Make in India’ and support from local and central government, the COVID- 19 kit has been made as per WHO/CDC guidelines. It was developed and evaluated in a record time,” said Hasmukh Rawal, Managing Director, Mylab Discovery Solutions.
Mylab so far has promised to manufacture around 1 lakh covid-19 test kits in a week which can be scaled up if needed in the coming future. They are concentrated on manufacturing 150 kits, which interprets to 15,000 covid-19 test in batch sizes of one hundred tests consistent within a day, inside the next two days. According to the director Dr Gautam Wankhede, they have been collecting raw materials and manufacturing such kits from last three to four years. Majority of this raw material were collected mostly from India and very less foreign supplies that discard those from China. They have been already supplying HIV testing kits to various health institutes with well set protocols. Having a sound knowledge on the RNA sequence that needed to be studied for this virus, Mylab started designing primers and probe which are the basic components of this covid-19 testing kit.
As the coronavirus pandemic starts creating a havoc in India, the government took all the necessary measures to reduce the impact of the disease. The only thing Indian government was lagging behind was to get its own Covid-19 testing kit. The testing was only limited to the people who were having a travel history or were the suspect of having coronavirus. With Mylab comes to rescue, India now has the power to overcome this obstacle as well by testing enough samples a day. Before only some small labs with qualified doctors were testing the samples and the result was only 15 people per million! This is a major breakthrough for India, as testing people day by day is one of the way to confirm how the disease is spreading its root in the country and similarly solutions can be find. Apart from Mylab, the government was doing its bit by getting supplies of testing kits from Germany and one such based company Altona Diagnostics had too applied for an import licence from the Drug Controller General of India. The company is hoping to get its approval this week so that they can start supplying from the net week onwards to all the ICMR-affiliated and private labs. Let’s wait and see what fate lies in India, we just hope this virus get controlled as soon as possible! #IndiaFightCoronavirus