Following the successful launch of indigenously developed vaccines against H1N1, Indian companies have now reading to market own versions of swine flu test kits.
Three Indian firms — Defence Research and Development Organisation, Imperial Life Sciences and Ocimum – will be soon launching test kits to detect H1N1 swine flu infection.
Till now, India has been importing the required the swine flu testing kit from US-based Applied Biosystems and Swiss firm Roche Diagnostics, which comes as quite expensive for the government, stated Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director general Dr V M Katoch.
The India-made H1N1 swine flu detection test kit are far cheaper that now India has to spend only one-third to detect the swine flu, said Dr Katoch.
However, the H1N1 swine flu virus becomes endemic to the country; India’s own testing kits can work against the virus effectively. Union Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad expects indigenous low-cost testing kits would be effective to detect the virus.
India has reported 548 fresh cases along with 38 deaths in between July 19 and 25, following a fresh outbreak of H1N1 infection in the country.
The onset of monsoons is causing a spurt in the number of infections in Indian cities, according to experts.
However, there is no need to panic as the health departments are well equipped to tackle any kind of situation, experts said.
Measures like sprucing up hospitals, stocking up on medicines, unleashing of information campaigns to generate awareness about detection and prevention of the influenza are in full swing.
Indian firms have also launched domestic vaccines in the country recently.
Serum Institute of India in Pune has launched a nasal spray H1N1 vaccine at the cost of Rs 150 per dose.
Zydus Cadila has also recently launched India’s first indigenously made H1N1 swine flu vaccine VaxiFlu-S in the country.