A research team from the University of Peradeniya has come up with a new COVID- 19 testing kit and a face mask, it was announced today.
"The two products which will be essential for the ongoing Pandemic is to be marketed by SATHOSA and the State Trading General Corporation,' the Trade Ministry said.
Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardene under whose Ministry the SATOSA is vested, told a press conference yesterday that plans were underway to sell one of the products- 'Respirone NANO 99' face mask in the global market.
“The new mask will be sold at a nominal price of Rs 200 in SATHOSA and by the Sri Lanka Trading General Corporation. We will venture into the global market when the relevant International Quality certification is obtained,” the Minister said.
Professor Upali Dissanayake said the speciality of that face mask was that it could kill and virus or bacteria. "It is a face-mask with improved nano-filteration and which enables uninterrupted breathing. It can be washed 25 times. Another speciality of the face mask is that it could destroy carbon dioxide without allowing it to enter into the person wearing it,” Professor Dissanayake said.
Asked as to how the suppliers could handle high demand, it was assured that arrangements would be made to ensure that adequate stocks were available.
Meanwhile, Professor Ruchika Fernando of Peradeniya University said the second equipment that had been developed by the university research team was the new COVID testing kit. He said the testing kit cost less than Rs 1,500 and will have the capability of identifying any mutant of the virus. "Results of the tests could be obtained within two hours,” he said. “ This is going to be a great saving for the nation as large sums of funds used for PCR test kits could be saved, if this new kit is used. The new testing kit will be marketed as soon as the Medical Research Authority approves it,” he added. (Yohan Perera)
Great stuff. The sad thing is the Medical Research Institute will never approve this unless some pressure is applied from the top. Our officials does nothing other than maintain various red tapes.
Specops Tuesday, 27 April 2021 07:13 PM
Isn’t CoviLamp a Canadian trademarked product ???
ala Tuesday, 27 April 2021 07:14 PM
great work, keep it up.
Ranaweera Tuesday, 27 April 2021 07:39 PM
SL Tuesday, 27 April 2021 08:03 PM
The team was working relentlessly since the first wave of Covid. Hope they will produce the mask in large scale and quickly send across the country
Nimal Tuesday, 27 April 2021 08:10 PM
Who's fooling who. Putting labels on imported products?. I could import Samsung phone and put it in a box with my company name Gona Plc or Samsung powered by Gona.
Dev Tuesday, 27 April 2021 09:16 PM
Tia Maria Tuesday, 27 April 2021 09:33 PM
This is already available for sale in Canada
Dee Wednesday, 28 April 2021 06:10 AM
Have they got the manufacturing rights for the Canadian test kit?
K.L Pathirana Wednesday, 28 April 2021 08:27 AM
Yes great reinvention of the wheel !! Copy and paste from CoviLamp, Calgary Canada. This was introduced last year and already available everywhere. These mutts can't even come up with a different name or is it the same product in a Sri Lankan conman box ?
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