Union health minister reviews sampling, testing strategy for coronavirus


New Delhi: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan has reviewed the sampling and testing strategy for COVID-19.

He held a meeting with senior officials of ICMR, Department of Science &Technology, Bio-technology and CSIR to review the sampling and testing strategy.

Dr Harsh Vardhan  said he reviewed the status of preparedness of states/UTs in view of the emergency. During the meeting DG, ICMR said 129 government laboratories are functional with a testing capacity of 13000 tests per day along with 49 NABL accredited private lab.

The private chains have around 16000 collection centres. It was also informed that adequate test kits have been procured and disseminated across the states for any further eventualities.

Secretary DBT Dr Renu Swarup said the manufacturing capacity of the first Indigenous kit developed by Start up in Pune is being scaled up to produce nearly one lakh kits per week.

A manufacturing facility for indigenous development of Ventilators, testing kits, imaging equipment and ultrasound and high end radiology equipment has been set up in Vishakhapatnam where manufacturing will start in first week of April, she added.

The health minister lauded the public health surveillance and response, technical guidance and laboratory support being given by ICMR. He also appreciated the Department of Science &Technology, Bio-technology and CSIR for their support in development of Ventilators and Testing kits.

Dr Harsh Vardhan stressed that extra support shall be given to those states/UTs which are not having any laboratories/testing facilities as well as to North Eastern States and UT of Ladakh.

The union minister also said that research work should continue in dynamic mode simultaneously with the COVI-19 management efforts. He exhorted the scientists that India should rise to the occasion and develop solutions not only for India but also for the world.


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