CNI Desk: The authorities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Wednesday declared Gonoshasthaya kit as ineffective.

“We’ve found the antibody kit of Gonoshasthaya Kendra ineffective to detect coronavirus,” BSMMU VC Prof Konak Kanti Barua told media.

The VC said the committee conducted the trial using 509 antibody kits of GK. “In their analysis, the committee found the kit dysfunctional to identify the virus.”

The VC said they have already submitted the report on the performance study of the antibody kit to the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA).

A BSMMU six-member committee to conduct the performance study of the Covid-19 rapid testing kits developed by Gonoshasthaya Kendra came up with the conclusion.

On April 25, Gonoshasthaya Kendra authorities handed over their testing kits to the BSMMU and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the final approval.

Gonoshasthaya Kendra claimed that they developed the “easy, effective and cheap” method to test coronavirus or Covid-19.

Gonoshasthaya-RNA Biotech Limited, a sister concern of Gonoshasthaya, with the help of experts from Singapore developed the method named ‘Gonoshasthaya Rapid Dot Blot.’

On March 17, Gonoshasthaya Kendra declared that they had developed a testing kit that can examine samples to detect Covid-19 within 15 minutes.