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Palamau has acquired VIROLOGY and Covid-19 laboratory at Palamu Medical College online at Project building. It was online inaugurated by Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

After its inauguration, Soren said that to check the menace of Corona Virus infection, the state government has worked at a fast pace from the initial days of the infection. 

In the initial phase, the state was dependent on other states for the Covid-19 test for about 20 to 25 days. The state government set up 3 laboratories in the state for testing Covid-19. 

The CM said that it is very important to expedite the testing process of Covid-19, and for this, a biosafety level laboratory has been inaugurated in Palamu by the state government today. He said that this laboratory will prove to be a milestone for the people of Palamu and surrounding areas.

The CM informed that a modern Covid-19 test laboratory will be inaugurated soon in Santhal Pargana. “Complete preparation has been done for this”, he said adding that it is the priority of the government to provide better health care facilities to the people of the state.

 At present, any kind of negligence can lead to a big challenge in the field of health care. Working with full dedication is required to ensure better health facilities to the people. 

Against this backdrop, the CM said that due to the lack of sufficient labs in the state, there is a lot of rush for testing at RIMS etc. But with the increase in labs, people will get test reports in their area and do not have to depend on laboratories in RIMS or elsewhere.

As it is, the facility of TrueNet machine has been made available for immediate testing of Covid-19 in every district of the state, it is learnt.

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What is this VIROLOGY and Covid-19 laboratory? 

Palamu Medical College Hospital (PMCH) is established in Pokharaha, Medininagar, Palamu. It has been built as per ICMR guidelines by PREJHA Foundation under the guidance of AIIMS, Raipur. 

The lab is set up at 1500 square meters. Every day, 1000 to 1500 samples will be tested. The lab was constructed and got ready in 45 days. It is a biosafety level-2 (BSL-2) lab with negative pressure. 

It has two machines of RTPCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) and 3 biosafety cabinets of Type-2, A-2. Apart from this, other technical equipment has been installed, through which more testing will be possible in less time. The operation of the lab will save time and based on the test report, rapid treatment of Corona infected persons will be possible. Corona Virus will be tested with modern technology in this lab. The lab is completely safe.

On the occasion, Sukhdev Singh, Chief Secretary, Rajiv Arun Ekka, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr. Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Principal Secretary, Health Department,  Pushpa Devi, MLA, Chatarpur, RK Lakra, DIG, Shashi Ranjan, Deputy Commissioner, Ajay Linda, Superintendent of Police, Dr. J. Sharan Prasad, Principal of PMCH, Dr. KN Singh, Superintendent, Dr. John F. Kennedy, Civil Surgeon, Palamu and other officials were present online.

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