Thailand to produce tuberculosis test kit hinh anh 1DMSc-TB FastAmp (TB-LAMP) kit (Photo: AEC Healthcare)
Bangkok (VNA) - The Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) under the Thai Ministry of Public Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AEC Healthcare on the transfer of DMSc-TB FastAmp (TB-LAMP) kit production technology, aiming to support tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control.

DMS chief Dr Supakit Sirilak said there are at least 150 new cases of TB detected per 100,000 people every year in Thailand, citing data collected by the Department of Disease Control. This means over 105,000 new cases are found annually in the country, he noted.

A fast and accurate diagnosis method can be helpful. However, the price can exceed 300 baht (8.76 USD), higher than the 200-baht subsidy provided by the National Health Security Office.

Therefore, the development of the TB-LAMP kit can improve diagnosis and affordability.

The kit can detect bacteria that cause TB by analysing samples using the loop mediated isothermal amplification method.

Supakit said users can get their results within two hours without the need for any additional equipment./.