GUWAHATI: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, IIT Guwahati, has developed high quality and affordable Viral Transport Media (VTM), RT-PCR and RNA isolation kits, in collaboration with RR Animal Healthcare Limited and with inputs from Guwahati Medical College Hospital, or GMCH. Prof. Parameswar Krishnan Iyer, Prof. Siddhartha Sankar Ghosh from IIT Guwahati and Dr. Labanyamoy Kole of RR Animal Healthcare Limited developed these kits on the request of National Health Mission (NHM), Assam, and as per the standards laid down by the GMCH.
The kits have been officially launched by Assam Health And Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. “Assam has been successfully leading the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and our initiatives have gone a long way in containing this disease in the entire NE region.
We want to identify and contain this disease at an early stage and it is vital that we have all the crucial kits and materials so that our frontline healthcare workers and doctors who are doing a commendable job do not face any hurdles, Mr. Sarma said during the launch. “We are very happy with this product development and launch of the VTM and other COVID-19 related kits in IIT Guwahati, Assam and I congratulate The Director, IIT Guwahati and the faculty members for this development as well as acknowledge other help being provided to us,” Mr. Sarma added.