Q. “Truenat” is often seen in news is related to which of the following?

[A] CoVID 19 testing kit

[B] Tuberculosis (TB) testing kit

[C] Malaria testing kit

[D] Japan encephalitis testing kit

Answer: B

In a Rapid Communication published on January 14 – 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) had mentioned that the India-made Truenat MTB, a molecular diagnostic test to diagnose pulmonary and extrapulmonary TB and rifampicin-resistant TB, has high diagnostic accuracy.  

  • Truenat MTB has “high diagnostic accuracy as initial test to diagnose TB and to sequentially detect rifampicin resistance”, says the WHO Communication.  
  • Truenat MTB will be used as an initial test to diagnose TB thus replacing sputum smear microscopy. 
  • Truenat is developed by the Goa-based Molbio Diagnostics.  
  • The company was provided with technical assistance and resources by the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) to help commercialize Truenat. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had assessed and validated the diagnostic tool. 

Source: Indian Express