A Sikkimese lady Smriti Gurung who is working in South Korea as a researcher, has collected and donated 2,000 COVID testing kits worth around Rs 40 lakh for her home state.
Speaking to FitNortheast.org Smriti, who hails from Gangtok said, "I have completed my PhD studies in biomedical science under Kyungpook National University, School of Medicine, Daegu (South Korea) in August. I am currently posted as a post-doctoral researcher in the same university. Now Seegene is one of the country's finest biotech firms which make testing kits to detect coronavirus. More than 30 countries across the world use the company's kits. During my research work I came across the regional manager of the company and this is how I got the opportunity to get 2,000 testing kits."
The kits have been acquired from Seegene, one of South Korea's finest biotech firmsGurung adds, "After getting the testing kits, I thought of sending it to Sikkim for the benefit of our people. The testing kits were dispatched on October 8 to Sikkim with the help of the distributors in India."
The testing kits reached Gangtok on Tuesday earlier this week and Smriti's father, Robin Gurung handed over the testing kits to the STNM Hospital medical superintendent the same day.
"I always wanted to do something for my people in Sikkim and am glad I got this opportunity," sums Gurung. At a time when India is bracing up for the challenge of manufacturing more and more testing kits in a short span of time, this act of Gurung can definitely not be dismissed as yet another usual act of philanthropy.