DBT-IBSD set up COVID-19 diagnostics facility in Tura

Correspondent Shillong, May 11 | Publish Date: 5/11/2020 9:28:51 AM IST
The Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (DBT-IBSD), a national institute of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, has been working with the Meghalaya Health Department to set up a Covid-19 diagnostics facility in Tura, Meghalaya.
“The IBSD has provided an RT-PCR machine, a refrigerated centrifuge and two deep freezers along with technical support and orientation for the equipment, which have been handed over to the State team of doctors and laboratory technicians, who have also been trained on these equipment for Covid-19 testing,” said DBT-IBSDIBSD scientist Dr Albert Chiang.
“Professor Pulok K Mukherjee, Director of IBSD has appreciated the Meghalaya Heath Department for working tirelessly in their battle against Covid-19 and also assured full support from IBSD to the State for any other scientific endeavour in this current Covid-19 crisis,” he added.
The Tura facility, which is being set up at Government Civil Hospital, has come about by online and virtual co-ordination between the teams of Commissioner and Secretary of Health and Family Welfare and the Director IBSD.
“While most of the equipments have been delivered and installed in Tura over the last two weeks and the facility would be ready to start testing in a few days, DBT-IBSD shared these essential equipment in the earlier interim period to rapidly fill up the gap brought about by the global supply chain crisis in these equipment and consumables,” Dr Chiang pointed out.
He also informed that DBT-IBSD has provided equipment and consumables support to JNIMS and RIMS in Manipur, NEIGHRIHMS and Pasteur Institute in Meghalaya and Zoram Medical College in Mizoram.


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