In an endeavour to ramp up testing facilities for early covid-19 detection and timely treatment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be launching “high throughput” COVID-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata on Monday.
The virtual launch event will be attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and the chief ministers of Maharashtra, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh — Uddhav Thackeray, Mamata Banerjee and Yogi Adityanath respectively, a PTI report said.
The three high throughput testing facilities have been set up strategically at ICMR institutions — National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research in Noida, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health in Mumbai and National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases in Kolkata.
These will have a combine capacity to test over 10,000 samples in a day, a statement from the Prime Minister”s Office said.
These labs will also reduce turnaround time and exposure of lab personnel to infectious clinical materials, the report said.
The labs are enabled to test diseases other than COVID-19 as well, and post the pandemic, will be able to test for Hepatitis B and C, HIV, mycobacterium tuberculosis, cytomegalovirus, chlamydia, neisseria and dengue, the statement said.