Minister of Research and Technology of Indonesia, Bambang Brodjonegoro revealed the figure of the inventor of the COVID-19 test kit which is much cheaper than the rapid and swab test. Bambang explained, the cheap COVID-19 test kit for only US$ 1 thousand per test was discovered by two innovation figures from Gajah Mada University (UGM).
"(This tool) is an original innovation from Gadjah Mada University, Prof. Kuwat and Dr. Dian," Bambang said to updetails.com, Saturday (12/12/2020).
Apart from these two figures, there is one more party that is no less important. He is the company that produces the test kit which is named GeNose.
"PT Hikari will produce from Yogya," he continued.
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To note, apart from being cheap, the COVID-19 test kit is said to be more effective than the rapid and swab test. The way it works is enough to just use an exhalation.
This tool is also fast enough to detect the Corona virus, according to Bambang, the test time needed is only 3 minutes. When compared to rapid and swab tests, GeNose's accuracy can reach 90% more, the result of validation in several hospitals.
"Their examination time was fast, I tried it myself, the results could be under 3 minutes. The accuracy rate of the validation at several hospitals was above 90%," Bambang said in a webinar, Friday (11/12/2020).
Unfortunately, this tool cannot be circulated in the public yet. Although he said this tool is ready for mass production, there are still a number of reports that must be prepared to obtain a distribution permit from the Ministry of Health.
"Basically, this tool is all ready. Ready to mass produce and use. Just from the last discussion with the developers at UGM, they said there is still one final report that must be submitted to the Ministry of Health to obtain a distribution permit," he explained.
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