Uttarakhand now has five labs authorised by ICMR to conduct COVID-19 test
The microbiology lab of Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Medical College Srinagar became the fifth centre in Uttarakhand for testing of COVID-19 on Thursday. On the day the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the RT- PCR testing lab in the medical college by video conferencing. Speaking on the occasion, he said that with start of lab in the Srinagar medical college it would become easier to test samples of Pauri, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Tehri districts. The CM announced that soon testing facility would start at Almora and Haridwar which would result in increase in sample collection and testing rate in the state. He said that 100 samples would be tested daily at the lab of Srinagar medical college.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given its approval to the microbiology department of Srinagar medical college to start testing for COVID-19.
At present the testing facilities of COVID-19 are available only at the laboratory of department of microbiology of Government Medical College, Haldwani, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh and GDMC, Dehradun. In private sector Ahuja lab of Dehradun has also been authorized by ICMR to conduct tests. The confirmatory test of the COVID-19 involves detection of Ribo Nucleic Acid (RNA) of the virus and is called the Real Time (RT) -PCR method.
Friday, 01 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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