It’s a list every country dreads to top. Unfortunately though, India has the largest number of women — a whopping 14.67 crore — affected by anaemia, followed by China, Pakistan, Nigeria and Indonesia. Globally, 61.4 crore women, aged 15-49 years, are affected by anaemia.
In order to tackle the growing number of anaemia cases, researchers at Pune’s Agharkar Research Institute have developed a new device that calculates the haemoglobin level in the body. Researchers claim that this kit is user-friendly and anyone can check their haemoglobin level within a few seconds at home.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, one of the researchers, who was part of the team, said, “Checking haemoglobin levels of women and girls living in rural areas is always a major cause of concern. Testing their blood remains a huge challenge for health workers. This situation actually prompted us to work on a device which would help health workers in rural areas. With this device, health workers can check haemoglobin levels at home.”
How this kit works?
- Place the solution on well-plate and take a picture with the help of an APP in mobile
- take blood with the help of a lancet
- Mix the blood with the solution on the well-plate
- With the help of both the images you will get the haemoglobin count withing seconds
Researchers say there are lots of devices widely available in the market, which can be used for testing hemoglobin level. However, they are expensive. Priced at only Rs. 50, this kit is cost-effective and affordable. While using this kit, one has to bear two important things in mind. First, the photo clicked using the app should be clear and not blurry. Second, one must ensure that harsh sunlight does not get in the way while clicking the picture.”
Researchers hope that within one year, they would be able to put this kit out in the market, so that people can perform self-tests at home.