Gurung who hails from Lower Arithang, successfully completed her Ph.D. studies in biomedical science under Kyungpook National University, School of Medicine, Daegu, South Korea in August and is currently posted as a post-doctoral researcher in the same university.
During her research, she came into acquaintance with Seegene, one of the top biotech firms of South Korea.
Seegene is one of Korea's finest biotech firms that 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, I got an opportunity to get 2,000 testing kits. After getting the testing kits, I thought of sending it to Sikkim for the benefit of our people. The 2,000 Covid testing kits worth around Rs.40 lakh were dispatched on October 8 to Sikkim with help of the distributors in India,'' Smriti was quoted by media reports.
The testing kits reached Gangtok on Tuesday, and on the same day, Smriti's father Robin Gurung handed over the testing kits to the STNM Hospital medical superintendent. Smriti is said to be regularly in touch with her parents about the Covid pandemic situation in Sikkim.