The test tube will then be sent for inspection to see if you are infected or not.
“The saline method offers a number of attractive advantages, all of which are combined into one. It’s easy, quick, inexpensive, patient-friendly, and convenient; it also offers instant results and is well suited to rural and indigenous areas with minimal infrastructure requirements, “the Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement to the media.
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“The smear collection method takes time. Also, being an invasive technique, it is a little uncomfortable for patients. Some time is also lost when transporting the sample to the collection point. On the other hand, the Saline Gargle RT-PCR method is immediate, convenient and patient-friendly. Sampling is immediate and the results are generated within 3 hours, ”said Dr. Krishna Khairnar, Senior Scientist, Environmental Virology Cell, NEERI.
After the sample has been taken, it is taken to the laboratory, where it is stored in a special buffer solution from NEERI at room temperature. “A RNA When this solution is heated, a template is created that is further processed for the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). This special method of sample collection and preparation saves us the otherwise costly infrastructural effort for RNA extraction. People can also test themselves as this method allows self-sampling, ”said Dr. Khairnar.
The scientist expects this innovative test technique to be particularly beneficial for rural and indigenous areas where infrastructure requirements can be a limitation. The new technique has received approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). NEERI was also asked to train other test laboratories to increase adoption across the country.
Nagpur City Council gave permission to proceed with the method, whereupon testing at NEERI started according to the approved test protocol.