Bengal govt to purchase 18 RT-PCR machines to extend Covid testing to 25,000 per day

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Printed: July 23, 2020 6:51:09 am

West Bengal coronavirus latest updates, west bengal lockdown, kolkata lockdown, bengal coronavirus news, bengal coronavirus testing, mamata banerjee coronavirus testing, Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction machines, covid-19 testing In keeping with the state authorities, it is not going to enhance the variety of laboratories for testing.

The West Bengal authorities is all set to purchase 18 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Response (RT-PCR) machines to extend the variety of Covid-19 testing to 25,000 samples per day. The federal government additionally plans to extend manpower in laboratories to satisfy the goal.

Nonetheless, in response to the state authorities, it is not going to enhance the variety of laboratories for testing.

Well being Secretary Narayan Swarup Nigam stated, “RT-PCR is the golden normal. Typically different procedures have did not yield correct outcomes, which isn’t the case with RT-PCR. So, we’ve determined to obtain extra RT-PCR machines, and can use lab infrastructure optimally to extend the variety of testing.”

At current, the common each day testing hovers between 11,000 and 13,000 samples per day. Within the final one week, the common pattern testing per day was 13,250.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the Martyrs’ Day digital rally on July 21 had stated, “Extra testing and (contact) tracing is important to manage this illness. Don’t panic. It’s true that the variety of Covid-infected folks is rising, however we’re doing effectively.”

Final week, Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha had introduced {that a} goal of 25,000 assessments per day was fastened.

“At current 13,000 assessments are being performed per day. The state authorities has additionally achieved the milestone of crossing the WHO’s normal of conducting 140 swab pattern assessments per million. The state performed 144 assessments per million and it is going to be elevated to 275 per million,” stated Sinha.

At current, there are 54 Covid-19 testing laboratories, together with 37 state-run services. The RT-PCR methodology of testing is performed in 28 laboratories, Cartridge Based mostly Nucleic Acid Amplification Take a look at (CB NAAT) methodology is adopted in seven and TrueNat methodology is undertaken in 19 laboratories.

The laboratories the place the variety of assessments per day must be elevated have been recognized and the 19 new RT-PCR machines will likely be arrange accordingly.

“We’re adopting a collection of measures to reinforce the each day swab pattern testing, amongst which a very powerful step is capability constructing of current laboratories. We’re additional strengthening the lab infrastructure. In lots of labs, we’ll enhance the variety of shifts, for which we’ve already recruited extra technicians,” stated a senior officer of the state authorities. All steps have been taken to finish the method of putting in these machines on the laboratories on the earliest, added the official.

In keeping with Well being Division sources, two laboratories had been added to the present record final week, whereas approval for the third is pending.

“We have now elevated our laboratories from two to 54 within the final three-and-a-half month. Our goal is to make sure laboratories in each district. We have now nearly accomplished the duties on this regard and can arrange new laboratories the place it is going to be required,” the official stated.

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