Bhubaneswar: Odisha has procured 30,000 Omisure kits in the first phase. The kits have reached the State.
The kits will be used primarily in 4 cities of Odisha namely: Berhampur, Cuttack, Rourkela and Bhubaneswar.
“Omisure kits are used to detect presence of Omicron they have already reached Odisha,” said the Health Services Director.
The dry run is in progress, it will first be used for internal study. Kits will be dispatched to districts with high number of Covid19 cases, added the Health Services Director Bijay Mohapatra.
Omisure is India’s first home-grown testing kit, it can differentiate the omicron strain of the novel coronavirus from the delta, alpha and the other variants in under four hours.
It is an omicron detecting RT-PCR kit developed by the Mumbai-based Tata Medical and Diagnostics Ltd (TATA MD) in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
The kit recently received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India.