The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore facilitated the dispatch of additional 5000 numbers of Fortitude Kit 2.0 (COVID-19 test kits) donated by Temasek Foundation International of Singapore to the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka, together with a special consignment of reagents that are used to sequence the new virus strains.
The consignments, which were dispatched with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore and the Singapore Airline that operated a special cargo flight to Colombo, reached Colombo last evening.
A long-standing partner of the Sri Lanka Health Ministry, Temasek Foundation International previously also donated 5000 numbers of Fortitude Kit 2.0 (COVID-19) to support Sri Lanka’s fight against this novel disease.
Fortitude Kit 2.0 developed by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A* Star) comes in “all-in-one kit” with all the materials and reagents required for the RT-PCR reaction, all-in-one kit, which could give results in less than (3) hours.
The reagents procured by the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura from a Singapore supplier, are used to sequence the new virus strains that enables studying its behaviour, in order to understand the pathogenesis, the best diagnostic approach and drug targets, and thus are expected to help the diagnostic capacity of Sri Lanka in the fight against the COVID-19.
Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore over the last few weeks coordinated the urgent dispatching of several consignments of test kits and relevant materials to support the Government’s multifaceted efforts in containing the COVID-19 situation in the country.
Sri Lanka High Commission
12th April 2020