When we discovered that private labs were charging Rs.7,900 for the Coronavirus test, we didn’t know what to feel about it. It only made us wonder how the common man would get around to getting tested. However, a team of scientists at NUST have developed the diagnostic kit for Coronavirus that will be available for a fraction of the cost, 1/4th of the cost to be precise.
The team comprises Associate Professor Dr Aneela Javed and Assistant Professor Dr Ali Zohaib from NUST ASAB, who have been working on establishment of these assays for diagnosis of the pandemic the country is bracing itself for. The scientists at NUST Attaur Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB) have successfully established Molecular Diagnostic Assays for the detection of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). However, this achievement came about in close collaboration with Wuhan Institute of Virology China, DZIF Germany, Columbia University USA and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Rawalpindi.
While the world is running short of diagnostic kits, it is assuring to be reminded of the fact that our scientists are working day and night to fight the pandemic head on and do whatever is possible in detecting and containing the spread of the virus.