Punjab set to ramp up testing with four extra labs

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Written by Navjeevan Gopal
| Chandigarh |

Up to date: August 1, 2020 6:46:59 am





Coronavirus cases, Covid testing, Corona labs, Punjab news, Indian express news The laboratories have been arrange at Regional Illness Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar; Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences College (GADVASU), Ludhiana; Punjab Biotechnology Incubator, Mohali; and Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory, Mohali. (Representational)

Punjab is ready to ramp up COVID-19 testing as 4 authorities laboratories will begin functioning within the coming week. On Friday, the 4 laboratories obtained the trial samples from ICMR for corroborative testing to get approval from the ICMR.

Baba Farid College of Well being Sciences (BFUHS) Vice-Chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur stated the trial samples included samples of two constructive instances, two detrimental instances and one management case.

Dr Bahadur stated that officers from the 4 laboratories collected samples from ICMR facility in Chandigarh on Friday. Whereas ICMR knew the standing of every pattern, it was not revealed to the officers who collected the samples, as an ordinary working process. “Now the assessments can be carried out and if the outcomes conform to the outcomes already recognized to ICMR the place they’ve given samples of two constructive and detrimental instances every, the laboratories can be given the go-ahead to begin testing. After approval from ICMR, we are going to begin conducting assessments,” Dr Bahadur advised The Indian Categorical.

The laboratories have been arrange at Regional Illness Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar; Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences College (GADVASU), Ludhiana; Punjab Biotechnology Incubator, Mohali; and Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory, Mohali.

Punjab Medical Training and Analysis Division secretary D Okay Tiwari stated with the establishing of 4 laboratories, Punjab had turn out to be “first state within the nation” the place other than Departments of Well being and Medical Training and Analysis, the services of state’s Dwelling Division (Forensic Science Laboratory at Mohali), Animal Husbandry Division (Regional Illness Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar, and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences College [GADVASU], Ludhiana) and Science and Know-how Division (Punjab Biotechnology Incubator, Mohali) can be put to make use of for viral testing of COVID-19.

Every of the 4 laboratories is provided with 16 items of apparatus which embrace refrigerated centrifuge, totally automated biosafety cupboard, actual time PCR and spectrometer. The paraphernilia value Rs 1 crore for every laboratory. A complete of 83 officers, which embrace microbiologists, analysis assistants, medical laboratory technicians, information entry operators and different ancillary employees, have been appointed within the 4 laboratories.

Every laboratory is anticipated to check 1,000 samples a day. The three authorities medical faculties within the state check 9,000 to 10,000 samples a day collectively. The testing capability within the authorities services per day is ready to succeed in between 13,000 and 14,000 when the 4 laboratories turn out to be useful subsequent week.

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