1,50,000 covid testing kits to be available within few weeks: Fawad | Pakistan Today

1,50,000 covid testing kits to be available within few weeks: Fawad

–Medical equipment would be ready to be used as soon as DRAP approval obtained 

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Thursday said that around 1,50,000 coronavirus testing kits will be manufactured within the next few weeks.

Talking to the media after his visit to the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the federal minister said that the brilliant team of NUST has prepared testing kits which have been to the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) for approval.

“The university also checked the results of these testing kits by taking samples from different hospitals for their satisfaction before sending the kits to DRAP,” he said, adding that the testing kits would be used as soon as they get approved.

Chaudhry also told that the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), which had received 48 designs of ventilators, has approved three that have also been sent to DRAP and told the body had constituted an expert committee which will be meeting soon to work on this matter.

He observed that marketing medical devices, particularly those that are invasive, is not a short process. “Considering the inherently lengthy process, these particular kits are being fast-tracked so that the country’s immediate requirement can be met as early as possible and dependence on imported kits can be reduced,” Chaudhry added.

Appreciating the efforts of NUST researchers and scientists, the federal minister said that it was scientists who have now sequenced the complete genome of SARS-CoV-2, which would yield more accurate diagnostics for this virus and will also impact vaccine development studies.

Talking about fake and low quality sanitisers being sold in the market, Chaudhry Fawad also encouraged NUST to expedite work on the commercialisation of high quality sanitisers developed by the university.