‘No virologists in Meghalaya’

Correspondent Shillong, Sept 15 | Publish Date: 9/15/2020 1:04:14 PM IST

Amid surge in COVID cases, Meghalaya’s  Director of Health Services Dr. Aman War revealed that there is  no virologist  in the state after the State’s lone virologist Dr. (Mrs) Antinoris Jyrwa retired eight years ago as Director of Health Services (MI).

Dr. Jyrwa stated that medical students from the State should further specialize in this field as it is more of a technical and very important subject dealing with clinical research or work with patients afflicted with viruses. Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War however said that the department has no virologist due to absence of a full-fledged laboratory.

“We don’t have a full-fledged lab to have virologists. Earlier, we had one virologist who has retired now,” War said. When asked if the state needs virologists, especially in this time of pandemic, the senior medical official said, “What we need is to have dedicated health workers.”  Virologists are medical doctors overseeing diagnosis, management and prevention of infection. They are also scientists who may drive research on various aspects of viruses. A virologist may be both a scientist and a physician. Dr. War also informed that a clinical management team has been formed, headed by Dr Andreas Dkhar, consultant general medicine of Shillong Civil Hospital in connection with the COVID-19 situation.



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