Manipur seeks more COVID-19 testing kits

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 11 | Publish Date: 5/11/2020 9:28:04 AM IST

Manipur government has pressed Union health ministry to increase the number of COVID-19 testing machines in the state.

The demand for more testing machines was in the backdrop of piling up of samples for testing the virus at the government approved two COVID-19 testing centres in Imphal.

Currently, VRDLs at RIMS and JNIMS hospitals are conducting the test for the disease in the state where swab samples were piling up with the continuous arrival of people who were stuck at different places due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

A total of 231 individuals were tested on Sunday while 109 were tested on Saturday. Till Sunday, a total of 1096 people were tested for COVID-19 in Manipur.

Not all the samples were able to test by the two VRDLs and as such, the samples were stored in deep freezers which would be tested within the next five to seven days.

The machine installed at RIMS for COVID-19 test is capable of testing 120 samples at the maximum in a day while the machine at JNIMS can test as many as 250 samples in a single day, according to official sources.

Recently Manipur government had resolved that all returnees would be subjected to RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing as per ICMR protocol.

State health minister, L Jayentakumar said on Monday that the state was facing shortfall of COVID-19 testing kits with the start of arrival of stranded people.

The matter was brought up to the notice of the Union health ministry during a video conferencing held on Sunday between the health ministers of northeast states and Union health minister, he said.

The minister expressed hope that the Union ministry will soon send the kits in order to solve the problem being faced by the state.

The minister was talking to reporters at his office chamber at Imphal old secretariat after distributing portable ventilators to the chief medical officers (CMOs) of five districts of the state.

The health minister along with director of state health and family welfare, Dr K Rajo handed over the portable ventilators to the CMOs of Kamjong, Noney, Pherzawl, Thoubal and Bishnupur districts.


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