Australia will be delivering 20,000 GeneXpert cartridges to PNG for use in detecting COVID-19.
GeneXpert is already been widely and successfully used in PNG to diagnose drug resistant TB and HIV, and can also be used to quickly and accurately detect COVID-19. These tests form an important part of PNG’s public health response to the pandemic.
The additional GeneXpert cartridges will enable early detection, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 in PNG. The cartridges will be distributed to all provinces in PNG and will reduce turnaround times for test results and ensure accurate testing closer to communities. This will assist with timely patient management decisions around quarantine, isolation, contact tracing, and therapeutic management.
Another 20,000 cartridges are expected to be delivered around late May.