TrueNat test machine installed in Dimapur

TrueNat test machine installed in Dimapur
TrueNat machine installed at Dimapur COVID-19 Hospital. (Twitter)
DIMAPUR, JUN 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/5/2020 1:07:22 PM IST

State Health department Friday installed the first batch of TrueNat machine at COVID-19 hospital Dimapur (DHD).

In a tweet, Health minister Pangnyu said he was delighted to inform that the first batch of TrueNat (by Molbio diagnostics Pvt Ltd Goa) machine was installed at District Hospital, Dimapur (designated COVID-19 hospital). He said the department will be installing in other districts as well.

Truenat is a small machine that is battery operated and requires minimal training. It can also be easily used in a smaller setting. TrueNat MTB is an indigenous molecular test developed by MoIBio Diagnostics Pvt Ltd Goa for rapid detection of MTB using real-time micro PCR (polymerase chain reaction). The price of a machine ranges between Rs.4.5 to Rs. 6.5 lakh. 

• The sample of the throat and the nasal swab is collected.

• The machine can easily give the result between 30-60 minutes.

• The machine can run up to 32-48 samples of multiple diseases such as COVID-19, HIV, and TB in a four-way. The cost of a test on Truenat machines will be of Rs 1000-Rs.1500.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on April 10, 2020 validated the usage of TrueNat, a diagnostic machine for Tuberculosis , for COVID-19 tests. The TrueNat machines are used to test drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB).

ICMR had recommended the use of the Truenat beta CoV test on Truelab workstation only as a screening test. It has also approved the use of US-FDA approved real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) systems such as GeneXpert and Roche Cobas- 6800/800 in emergency situations. However, ICMR did mention that Truenat beta CoV test should only be performed with all biosafety precautions.

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