The ICMR allocated two TrueNat Uno machines for the state of Nagaland through the National Tuberculosis Elimination Program.
As revised on 19/05/2020, the TrueNat system is now a comprehensive assay for screening and confirmation of COVID-19 cases.
The assay comprises of following two steps.
Step 1: This is E gene screening assay. All samples of suspect COVID-19 should be first tested by this assay. All negatives are to be
considered as true negatives. All positive samples should be subjected to confirmation by step 2 assay.
Step 2: RdRp gene confirmatory assay. All samples that test positive by this assay must be considered as true positive.
No further RT-PCR based confirmation is required for samples that are positive after step 2 of the assay above.
All positive and negative results must be reported to ICMR portal in real time manner.
TrueNat machines are placed at
- Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital (IMDH), Mokokchung
- District Hospital, Mon
Both the laboratories are functional.