What is TrueNat? ICMR approves TB machines for COVID-19 tests
The TrueNat machine can run up to 32-48 samples of multiple diseases such as COVID-19, HIV, and TB in a four-way.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on April 10, 2020 validated the usage of TrueNat, a diagnostic machine for Tuberculosis , for COVID-19 tests. The council had approved the use of the tuberculosis testing machine for coronavirus screening tests on April 4. The TrueNat machines are used to test drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB).
ICMR had recommended the use of the Truenat beta CoV test on Truelab Workstation as a screening test. It has also approved the use of US-FDA approved real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) systems such as GeneXpert and Roche Cobas- 6800/800 in emergency situations.
What is Truenat?
• Truenat is a small machine that is battery operated and requires minimal training. It can also be easily used in a smaller setting.
• The sample of the throat and the nasal swab is collected by the trained technicians wearing personal protective equipment,
• The machine can easily give the result between 30-60 minutes.
• The machine can run up to 32-48 samples of multiple diseases such as COVID-19, HIV, and TB in a four-way.
• Out of the available 800 machines, 150-200 are two-way and can easily handle 16-24 samples.
• There are 50 machines and the remaining are single-way machines that can easily process 8-12 samples at a time.
• The cost of a test on Truenat machines will be of Rs 1000-Rs.1500.
Molibo Diagnostics: Key Highlights
• Molbio Diagnostics manufactures Truenat machines.
• It plans on expanding its manufacturing capacity and is awaiting the Government directives on the number of machines and tests that are needed in each state.
• Malibo Diagnostics have already over 800 Truenat machines across India out of which 400 Truenat machines were in Government setups.
• The testing platforms that were used for TB will remain the same but there will be a need to equip these centers with COVID-19 kits.
• As per the Molibo Diagnostics executive, close touch with states is continued in order to scale up the manufacturing of diagnostics machines.