Testing of returnees expected to complete within 15 days: Yhome

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/27/2020 1:19:12 PM IST

State Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) department is likely to conclude COVID-19 sample testing of all returnees currently lodged at different quarantine centres across the state in next 10-15 days.

Disclosing this to Nagaland Post on the sidelines of BSL-2 laboratory inauguration programme at CIHSR Dimapur on Saturday, H&FW, Kesonyu Yhome said: “our attempt is to conclude almost all the testing if not 100% testing in the next 10-15 days.”

The department was focussed on testing the samples of all the returnees, however, once this is completed (in next 10-15 days), Yhome said the department would focus on surveillance at the community level as well.

With reports about several frontlines workers testing positive for COVID and the apprehension of community transmission, Yhome clarified that so far there was no report of an community spread in the state. He pointed out that all the frontline workers have been identified and under strict surveillance and contact tracing activated. 

“Source of infection is known in case of COVID positive people in Nagaland. We have to be concerned if we do not know their source of infection. If source of infection is unknown only then we can call it a community transmission or that community spread has started,” explained Yhome. Asked when was the BSL-2 lab likely to start conducting tests, Yhome said in order to that, the laboratory is required have a “unique code” from the Indian Council of Medical Research.

“We may receive the code in a day or two. The moment we receive the unique code the laboratory will be made operational,” Yhome said.

Earlier, delivering a short speech at the inaugural programme, Yhome said the launch of BSL-2 lab at CIHSR would “greatly boost” the testing capacity. He said the lab will also further strengthen the fight against the spread of SARS CoV2 by enabling early detection and containment of infection which in turn would save several lives.

“The advantage in having a facility of this nature is not only the immediate utility for COVID-19 diagnosis but more so for the huge promise that it holds in future for a wide array of research works,” said Yhome. Further, Yhome also thanked the state government for all the support; the staff of Thermo Fisher Scientific Ltd for working overtime to get the laboratory ready; director and team of CIHSR and various agencies who facilitated the timely completion.



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