Colombo, November 12 (ColomboPage): The Sri Lankan State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation, Professor Channa Jayasumana has said that on November 9, Sri Lanka received 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits as a donation from India for the early detection of the COVID-19 virus.
The donation has been made on a request by the Secretary of Health to the World Health Organization.
The State Minister said that a set of guidelines is being prepared for the use of the test kits, which were donated by India through the World Health Organization. The donation was made at the request from the Secretary of Health to the World Health Organization.
Approved by the World Health Organization, these kits can be used for immediate use in the event of an epidemic and can be used in epidemic areas. With the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Colombo and Gampaha areas, these kits can be used to quickly identify those associated with an infected person as soon as an infection is reported, the State Minister told Dinamina yesterday.
While the sensitivity of rapid antigen tests is generally lower than RT-PCR , the test kits can help healthcare professionals identify a SARS-CoV-2 infection in people suspected to carry the virus with results typically ready in 15 minutes.