In a bid to further ramp up Covid-19 testing capacity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday launched “high throughput” testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata and said India was in a much better position than other countries in fight against the pandemic.
Prime Minister Modi said the labs would not only be restricted to Covid-19 testing but would be expanded for testing of other diseases like Hepatitis B & C, HIV, and Dengue in the future.
“Today, there are more than 11,000 COVID-19 facilities and more than 11 lakh isolation beds in the country. We also have nearly 1,300 testing labs in the country and more than 5 lakh tests are being conducted daily,” PM Modi said during the launch.
The testing labs will ramp up testing capacity and help strengthen early detection and treatment in the country, the Prime Minister’s Office said earlier.
These will be able to test over 10,000 samples in a day, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The three high throughput testing facilities have been set up strategically at ICMR institutions National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research in Noida, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health in Mumbai and National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases in Kolkata.
The virtual launch event was attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and the chief ministers of Maharashtra, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh Uddhav Thackeray, Mamata Banerjee and Yogi Adityanath respectively.
These labs will also reduce turnaround time and exposure of lab personnel to infectious clinical materials.
The labs are enabled to test diseases other than COVID-19 as well, and post the pandemic, will be able to test for Hepatitis B and C, HIV, mycobacterium tuberculosis, cytomegalovirus, chlamydia, neisseria and dengue.