New COVID test kit developed at Peradeniya | Daily News

New COVID test kit developed at Peradeniya

A team including a senior lecturer at the Peradeniya University has developed a test kit that can identify COVID-19 infections quickly and cost-effectively.

Peradeniya University Vice Chancellor Prof.M.D.Lamawansa and a team led by Senior Lecturer Ruchika Fernando who designed the device introduced it to Health Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella.

The kit makes it possible to identify infected people quickly and the equipment is also cost-effective compared to the commonly used PCR and Rapid Antigen tests, according to its makers. According to its creator, the test can be done for around Rs. 1,500.

It has been approved by the National Drug Regulatory Authority’s Technical Committee and is awaiting registration. The developers of the test kit have also applied for both local and foreign patents for their product.

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