More labs in Odisha likely to get permission for COVID-19 test

Bhubaneswar: In view of increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases in Odisha, two more laboratories may get approval to test for COVID-19.

The state government in this regard is making efforts to get permission for Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) and SCB Medical and Hospital where the test for the deadly virus could be carried out.

Sources said blood and swab samples in these government labs may begin in next 3-4 days following possible approval by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

With getting permission for examining blood and swab samples of suspected cases at more number of laboratories, at least 200 samples can be carried out per day in the state.

Moreover, efforts are being made to test blood and swab samples of persons suspected for COVID-19 at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla, Sambalpur district.

“In this connection, VIMSAR has been directed to present a feasibility report to the state government. A list of equipment necessary for carrying out the test is being prepared,” informed VIMSAR Superintendent Jayashree Dora.

Currently, the samples are being tested at RMRC (Regional Medical Research Centre) in Bhubaneswar.

Meanwhile, the test for COVID-19 has started at AIIMS Bhubaneswar. On Wednesday, three samples were examined and all tested negative.

On the other hand, the Centre has given permission to Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar, to test for COVID-19. This is the first private hospital to have received approval to test the samples. However, no test has been conducted so far.

Recently, the ICMR notified detailed guidelines for COVID-19 testing by private labs making it clear that maximum cost should not exceed Rs 4,500 (Rs 1,500 for screening test for suspect cases and additional Rs 3,000 for confirmation test).

Sources said that another private hospital has applied for approval from the Centre for the sample test.

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