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AIIMS RDA Urges Vardhan to Implement Gargle Washing Method in Covid Detection | India News


NEW DELHI: The AIIMS Association of Resident Physicians wrote to the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday urging him to implement the gargle wash method in the detection of Covid-19 and also to give due credit to the researchers the hospital and the THSTI for this diagnosis.
Earlier this week, the Nagpur-based National Research Institute for Environmental Engineering (NEERI) under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced the development of a “solution gargle RT-PCR test method innovative and patient-friendly saline. ”
“However, this is not the first time someone has examined this account. A research paper published last year by a team of physicians from the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AllMS), Delhi, and research scientists from Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad had already validated gargle washing as a viable alternative to traditional swab testing, “AIIMS RDA President Amandeep Singh said in the letter.
He said that AIIMS and THSTI researchers had the first insights to collect samples for the diagnosis of Covid-19 in the form of gargle saline water.
THSTI is an institute dependent on the Department of Biotechnology.
“While the effort of the CSIR-NEERI scientists is commendable in making the trials more cost-effective, their work has yet to be published. At the same time, it is quite daunting for young researchers and AIIMS resident physicians, New Delhi, that his work went unnoticed, “said Singh.
Previously, the adaptation of the ICMR could have saved a lot of resources, money and manpower, he emphasized.
“We would request the implementation of the gargle washing method for the diagnosis of Covid-19 with the earliest and due recognition of the young researchers from AIIMS and THSTI. They already developed this technique a year ago,” he added.
In June last year, the team presented the research to top officials at the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) headquarters here, Singh said.
Based on the contributions, the same group of researchers embarked on another study to evaluate the stability of viral genetic material in normal saline for prolonged periods; AIIMS had submitted a follow-up research paper in October 2020.
The document has already accepted publication in April, he added.

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