Peradeniya University develops low-cost COVID test kit

Peradeniya University develops low-cost COVID test kit

Peradeniya University develops low-cost COVID test kit

Written by Zulfick Farzan

09 Sep, 2021 | 2:04 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); The University of Peradeniya has developed a test kit as an interim testing method to detect COVID-19 patients, in addition to the use of RAT & PCR.

The test kit was designed by a team led by Senior Lecturer Ruchika Fernando of the University of Peradeniya.

According to the Ministry of Health, the test kit is an efficient and low-cost method to detect COVID-19 cases.

The investors claim that for a small cost of Rs. 1500/-, a COVID-19 test can be performed with this kit which has already been approved by the National Medicines Regulatory Authority.

The test kit is pending local and international “RT-LAMP (Reverse Transcription Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification)” approvals.

The new testing kit was introduced to Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella by a group including the Peradeniya University Vice-Chancellor Professor M.D. Lamawansa.

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