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Coronavirus: Gonoshasthaya Kendra to unveil testing kit Saturday

  • Published at 02:46 pm April 9th, 2020
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File photo: A Home Team Science & Technology Agency (HTX) scientist demonstrates, without a live sample, the extraction process of their coronavirus test kit at their laboratory in Singapore March 5, 2020 Reuters

Researchers say the testing kit can detect coronavirus infection in 15 minutes and is expected to cost around Tk300-350 each

Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK) will formally handover its Covid-19 testing kit, GR Covid-19 Dot Blot, to government authorities on April 11 (Saturday).

The announcement was made by Gonoshasthaya through a press release on Wednesday.

An official handover ceremony will also be held on the sixth floor of Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital at Dhanmondi in Dhaka at 11am on Saturday. 

The release also said that the kit will be provided to international public health organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for testing and feedback.

Earlier on March 17, Gonoshasthaya Kendra declared that they had developed a cheap testing kit that can examine samples to detect Covid-19 in as little as 15 minutes.

A technical team of Gonoshasthaya-RNA Biotech Limited developed the testing kits and it cost about Tk2 crore.

After a two-month research, Prof Dr Bijon Kumar Sil, head of the Department of Microbiology at Gono Bishwabidyalay, and his four associates Dr Nihad Adnan, Dr Md Raed Jamiruddin, Dr Firoze Ahmed, and Dr Muhibullah Khandaker, invented the kit.

The team received green signal from the government over two weeks ago to import the raw materials for producing the testing kits. 

Researchers say the testing kit can detect coronavirus infection in 15 minutes and is expected to cost around Tk300-350 each.

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