Hyderabad: Healthcare company Molbio Diagnostics, makers of Covid testing device Truenat, is considering Telangana for setting up an assembly unit or a manufacturing unit.
“We have created large capacities already elsewhere in the country. As things evolve, we will look at options including Telangana. The State already has a medical device cluster,” Molbio chief technology officer Chandrasekhar Nair told Telangana Today.
“Telangana adopted a decentralised model of testing. Intensive testing of Covid was performed 24/7 in district hospitals like Karimnagar, Suryapet, Kothagudem, Khammam, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Medak, and Gadwal,” he said. The State has about 40 Truenat devices. In addition, select private hospitals in Hyderabad have about ten more devices. “Truenat allows patients to get precise treatment rather than a presumptive one, recover faster, prevent infections from spreading to other people. We believe that Telangana will procure 50 more devices this financial year,” Nair said.
Truenat, whose technology is conceptualised, prototyped and the final product manufactured in India, is recognised as a decentralised molecular diagnostic tool that can test multiple diseases right at the first point of patient contact. It has made a significant contribution to the testing for Covid-19 across the country.
Covid testing apart, the battery-operated, IoT-enabled machines can be deployed for diagnosis of 30 infectious diseases such as TB, dengue, chikungunya, hepatitis, HPV, and others. It recently received emergency use authorisation by the Drugs Controller General of India for Nipah test.
Truenat machines can be deployed at primary and community health centers too to conduct sophisticated molecular diagnostics. “The results come in about an hour. That relieves the anxiety building up among people after giving their samples. They will able to take the required action without any delay,” Nair explained.
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