In a big leap towards India’s fight against COVID-19, Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has transferred the know-how of the indigenously developed Saline Gargle RT-PCR technique, used for testing COVID-19 samples to Union Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Ministry or in short MSME.
Ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, India has been making multiple strides in augmenting its testing infrastructure and capacity.
This technology was developed to augment India’s testing capacity when the nation needed it most.
The Saline Gargle method offers a bunch of attractive benefits, all rolled into one. This RT-PCR technology is simple, fast, cost-effective, patient-friendly and comfortable, which provides instant test results and is well-suited for rural and tribal areas, given minimal infrastructure requirements.
In the light of the prevailing pandemic situation and probable third wave of COVID-19, CSIR-NEERI fast-tracked the know-how transfer process to potential licensees for its wider dissemination across the nation.
This would further result in faster and more citizen-friendly testing and hitherto strengthen India’s fight against the pandemic.
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