Our common people deserve some basic medical facilities in our district hospital.
Our common need basic amenities in all the districts or towns.
I have carried out a Whatsapp interview and discussions with Dr. D. Apao, a public health expert, and the following are the outcomes of the discussions with him.
- Is this TrueNat for testing only Covid19 or can we also use for testing other diseases?
TrueNat actually can test over 30 disease condition including TB (the machine is known for this and is recommended by WHO), H1N1, malaria, influenza, HIV etc. It just needs to change the test kit. The machine will remain the same to test any if these disease conditions.
2.What is the cost of the Truenat machine?
Cost will depend on the size of the machine. The machine is categoriesed ad Uno, duo and Quattro or simple 1, 2 and 4 channel … according to no. of test done at a time.
The price ranges from 5 lacs to 19 lacs. The test kit for COVID19 is about Rs. 1340 each.
- Which channel machine do you suggest for our Senapati District Hospital?
Immediate need is the 4 channel. So that we can test many people as fast as possible. But the cost may be too high. A two channels machine will be the best for Senapati District Hospital
It is informed that the central govt. has procured many devices that will be distributed to states under NTEP (national TB elimination program). If our govt. or the district already have the truenat machine, we need to only procure the COVID19 chips. This needs to be established with the TB program officers in the district.
- How long time it may take to procure this machine?
This is an issue. All the State Governments are after the company Molbio diagnostics to get the machines. This is the only company that makes the machine and the test kits. The wait time is quite long. I will have to request the people in the company to expedite the process if we are buying one. But I will be able to approach them only when we are certain to buy one.
- Do we have the manpower or technicians to run this machine?
The machine is very simple and easy to use. Anyone can actually run the machine. We certainly have lab technicians in district hospital. With a training for a day, they will be able to use it. The machine does not require any special environment to function. A strong table to keep the machine os all it needs. It is portable as it is battery operated. Which means it can function even when there is no electeicity. Once the electricity is there, the machine will be recharged.
Here we have some basic information about the Truenat, and we would like to update more information in case we are going to procure the machine. We need to sensitize our politicians, leaders and the public about the need to have Truenat machine in Senapati District Hospital.
Not only in Senapati District Hospital, Truenat machine needs to be installed in all the district hospitals and also in all the Primary Health Centers and sub-centre in Manipur, Nagaland and the whole states in India.
Please share this information with your local politicians, CSO leaders and to all the public. The public need to have some awareness on this aspect. it is our common people rights to have some basic medical facilities and amenities in our district hospital, and in our town.
@Dr. R.B. Thohe Pou
Please open this link and sign in support of this petition to procure a truenat machine.🙏🙏