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NEERI develops new and faster method of Covid sample collection for RT-PCR test

Other collection methods like nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab collection require technical expertise and time consuming.

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Health Worker collecting swab for COVID-19 test at New Delhi (ANI Photo) (ANI Photo)

New Delhi: The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) on Friday (May 28) said that it had invented a simple and fast method of swab collection for RT-PCT test for use in rural and tribal areas. According to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said that the method was simple

The method is simple and is suited for areas where therr is a lack of infrastructure.

Krishna Khairnar, senior scientist, Environmental Virology Cell at NEERI, said the swab collection method requires time.

Moreover, since it is an invasive technique, it is a bit uncomfortable for patients.

“Sometime, it is also lost in the transport of the sample to the collection centre. On the other hand, the Saline Gargle RT-PCR method is instant, comfortable and patient-friendly. Sampling is done instantly and results will be generated within three hours,” he said.

Khairnar added that the method is simple and the patients can also perform the test on himself.

Other collection methods like nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab collection require technical expertise and time consuming.

In this procedure, the patient gargles the solution and rinses it inside the tube.

The solution is the kept at room temperature and is kept in a special buffer solution prepared by NEERI.

An RNA template is produced when this solution is heated, which is further processed for Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR).

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The method is environment friendly as well.

The Nagpur Municipal Corporation has given permission to go ahead with the method, following which testing has begun at NEERI, the CSIR said.

With inputs from PTI

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