Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada, Raza Bashir Tarar, felicitated the Toronto-based Pakistani medical practitioner, Dr. Naqeeb Khalid, for developing an instant smartphone-based diagnostic test for coronavirus.
In a video conversation with Dr. Khalid, the High Commissioner said that the idea of conducting a COVID-19 test via a smartphone is commendable, and expressed his hope that the clinical trials for the innovation will be effective as it will make the whole test process quick, hassle-free, accessible, and affordable.
He was also confident that it will be soon approved for public use.
Dr. Naqeeb Khalid said, “Instant, accurate and low-cost testing that does not rely on laboratory testing is essential in containing the pandemic, and together with vaccines, we can control the COVID-19 outbreak and revert our lives and economies to normalcy”.
He explained that his innovation is based on a digital platform that demonstrates instant results on any smartphone, and can be used to communicate and store the results along with the time and GPS information.
Dr. Khalid graduated from King Edward Medical University, Lahore in 1983 and is experienced in the invention of medical devices and systems.