Soon, a simple finger-prick diagnostic test to detect Covid-19 antibodies in blood samples, will be widely available at nursing homes, hospitals and private laboratories as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given approval to India’s first official Covid-19 testing kit.
The ICMR has given nod to Delhi-based Oscar Medicare’s indigenous point-of-care (POC) rapid test kits which could detect coronavirus antibodies in less than half-a-minute.
The Medicare is one of the largest manufacturers of pregnancy kits. It also makes HIV, HCV, dengue and malaria POC diagnostic kits in the country. As per the Times of India report, the company is planning to launch two lakh test kits in September. The kit would provide result in 20 minutes and cost Rs 200.
Presently, rapid antigen test and RT-PCR are being widely used to detect Covid-19. The development holds importance as cases are on the rise.
With daily spurt in cases, the total tally in India has reached around 32 lakh. Most worrying thing is cases have been increasing in rural areas now which lack basic health infrastructure.