Meghalaya to ramp up testing for COVID-19: Tynsong

Meghalaya to ramp up  testing for COVID-19: Tynsong
Prestone Tynsong
Correspondent Shillong, Apr 26 | Publish Date: 4/26/2020 8:19:31 AM IST

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Saturday said the government will ramp up testing for COVID-19. 

“Currently, we are testing 140 swabs samples for COVID-19 in a day with the help of Assam,” he said in his daily briefing. 

“NEIGRIHMS (North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences) can test a maximum of 90 samples in a day while Assam is offering to test 50 samples a day,” Tynsong explained. 

Informing that NEIGRIHMS will be getting extra machine for testing another 70 samples per day by next week, Tynsong said, “Meghalaya can test 160 samples a day and with the help of Assam we can test more than 200 samples per day.” 

Stating that another testing COVID-19 centre will come up at Tura in West Garo Hills district, the Deputy Chief Minister expects the Centre would be operationalised by the end of April, since it will take time for installation of machines. 

“Another testing centre is likely to come up at Nazareth Hospital but there is some delay due to some extra paper work since it is a private institute,” he said, adding that another testing centre at Pasteur Institute in Shillong is on the offing. 

Meanwhile, Tynsong said 10, 288 people, who are stranded outside the state, out of which 10, 287 have registered for the one time financial assistance of Rs. 3000 under the Chief Minister’s Special Grant. 

“Till date financial assistance to 7288 such beneficiaries has been disbursed. Hopefully by next week, we will complete transferring the money,” he said.

The state wise break up of such stranded students and those working in private companies are - Karnataka (2719), Assam (2104), Tamil Nadu (1164), Maharashtra (685), West Bengal (642), Delhi (531), Telangana (357), Kerala (254), Rajasthan (201), Gujarat (194), Uttar Pradesh (194), Andhra Pradesh (175), Uttarakhand (164), Haryana (120), Bihar (101), Goa (101), Arunachal Pradesh (94), Manipur (81), Madhya Pradesh (78), Punjab (58), Nagaland (56), Pondicherry (51), Mizoram (40), Tripura (35), Odisha (21), Sikkim (19), Himachal Pradesh (16), Jharkhand (15), Chandigarh (7), Chattisgarh (7), Andaman and Nicobar Island (4).


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