Temasek Foundation, a philanthropic organisation under Singapore investment company, Temasek, has provided 10,000 Fortitude Kit 2.0 to Nepal. The kits were provided to Nepal Army which will be deployed by frontline health workers to test COVID 19 patients across the country.
Fortitude Kit 2.0 is designed by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*START) to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This is an “All-in-One’ 1-step RT-PCR kit for thedetection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. The kit comes complete with all the materials required for the RT-PCR reaction, which includes the primer probes mix, the enzyme mix, the positive control, negative control and internal control template.
Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation International said, “In these difficult times, Temasek Foundation stands in solidarity with our friends from Nepal. We hope that these test kits will be helpful to the hospitals and medical professionals who are bravely managing the COVID 19 situation in Nepal. We will build on our ongoing ties and continue to work with each other and with the international community.”
Shree Airlines and private sector stalwarts Pashupati Murarka and Shekhar Golchha chartered the flight to carry the goods from Singapore.