Thursday, May 6, 2021
No menu items!

CCMB offers training of ICMR-approved testing centres to adopt a faster COVID-19 testing method

Must Read

India records 4.12 lakh Covid cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi: Coronavirus cases are continuing to rise and in the last 24 hours India recorded a new high...

IIM Calcutta virtually inducts new batch of Executive MBA Students

Kolkata: Keeping in tune with the times, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta has welcomed the 15th batch...

India gets 54 tonnes of oxygen from Bahrain

India on Wednesday received 54 tonnes of oxygen from Bahrain as part of Operation Samudra Setu-II launched by Indian...

Hyderabad: The dry swab based direct RT-PCR method of COVID-19 testing, developed by CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad and approved by ICMR can now be adopted in testing labs of the country. This method is easier to carry out than the current procedures, and can ramp up testing by 2-3 fold using the current infrastructure in the testing labs.

CCMB has offered to train ICMR-approved government as well as private COVID-19 testing centres to help them adopt this method. It aims to train 500 testing centres across India, starting this week on. Most of these sessions will be online to reach out to centres out of Hyderabad. The willing centres can book their slots here: http://e-portal.ccmb.res.in/dst_slotbooking/. Those in and around Hyderabad can also avail physical training sessions by reaching out to the Director at CCMB.

This method needs no Viral Transport Medium for sending samples from sample collection centres to testing centres. This requires much lesser sample packing, and no contamination between samples. In this method, the RNA isolation steps have been replaced by a single-step addition of an easily available reagent. Extract from this step can be directly used for RT-PCR without compromising on the quality of results. These make the tests faster, cheaper, safer for the healthcare workers, and increase throughput with existing resources and setup. The technology has been licensed to various healthcare companies such as Apollo Hospitals, Meril Life, Spice Health and Capital Health Pvt Ltd to manufacture and commercialize these testing kits. Many other industry partners are expected to come on board soon.

Dr Rakesh Mishra

“India is struggling with a steep surge in COVID-19 cases. The testing centres are overwhelmed with the number of samples that they have to test. It is an absolute need to increase our testing capacity within the existing setup. We are positive that the dry swab based direct RT-PCR method will help in the cause immensely,” says Dr Rakesh Mishra, Advisor, CCMB.

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest News

India records 4.12 lakh Covid cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi: Coronavirus cases are continuing to rise and in the last 24 hours India recorded a new high...

IIM Calcutta virtually inducts new batch of Executive MBA Students

Kolkata: Keeping in tune with the times, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta has welcomed the 15th batch of executive MBA students in...

India gets 54 tonnes of oxygen from Bahrain

India on Wednesday received 54 tonnes of oxygen from Bahrain as part of Operation Samudra Setu-II launched by Indian Navy to transport oxygen and...

Sikkim logs 221 new COVID-19 cases

Gangtok: Sikkim reported 221 new COVID-19cases in the last 24 hours pushing the tally to 8,919, a health department bulletin said on Wednesday. The COVID-19...

DRDO COVID hospital opens in Lucknow

Lucknow: The Atal Bihari Vajpayee COVID Hospital, set up by Defence Research and Development Organisation here, has been made functional, an official statement said...
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -