Shri Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama gets Vrindavan's first TruNat equipment for COVID testing

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This is a confirmatory test with the help of which it is possible to generate reports in less than two hours.

Vrindavan, 2020-09-19 (VT): Shri Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama Vrindavan has installed the TruNat equipment for COVID testing. This is a confirmatory test with the help of which it is possible to generate reports in less than two hours. The new facility began functioning from September 18, 2020.

Swami Kalikrishnanand, assistant secretary of RKMS, shared the information with Vrindavan Today. The TruNat kit is Vrindavan’s first Covid testing facility. Before this the test was available only in Mathura.

Shri Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama Charitable Hospital is the health lifeline of Vrindavan. People from entire Braj come here for affordable health services of all kinds. It is a 320 bedded general specialty hospital with some super specialty like Oncology, Cardiology, and Joint Replacement.

It runs two outreach programmes namely Pallimangal and Vivekananda Medical Services. Both the Programme includes three mobile medical unit and 9 telemedicine units serving the rural population of Mathura District. Free eye checking and surgery camp is organised on regular basis. Free urology and general surgery camp is organised twice a year.

About the TruNat test

On 19 May, the ICMR revised its testing guidelines to allow the use of the TrueNAT system for screening and confirmation of Covid-19.

The chip-based test works by detecting the SARS-CoV-2 E-gene, which helps build the envelope that holds the components of the coronavirus together, and the gene for the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, an enzyme that enables the virus to replicate.

Unlike traditional RT-PCR tests, the sample preparation in TrueNAT tests is automated, and gives quick results. The test uses nose or throat swab samples.

The advantage of this test is that it is quick and portable. This allows teams to set up mobile testing centres or kiosks in containment zones, instead of having to transport samples to labs.

TrueNAT is an indigenously developed, portable version of CB-NAAT or Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, also known as the Genexpert test. Both these tests were initially developed for testing tuberculosis.

While both versions are cheaper and quicker than RT-PCR tests, TrueNAT is battery operated and portable, while CB-NAAT machines need an uninterrupted power supply and air conditioning, and hence cannot be deployed in containment zones.

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