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State Health Minister inaugurates Molecular Virology Laboratory for Covid testing at BBCI

News Desk: A Molecular Virology Laboratory for Covid-19 testing was inaugurated at B. Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati on 22nd July 2020 by Health Minister of Assam Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma. The brief inaugural ceremony was also attended by Shri Samir Kumar Sinha, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of Assam, Shri Biswajit Pegu, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (M) and Dr Lakshmanan, Director, National Health Mission, Assam.

The Molecular Virology Laboratory has been developed by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Assam through the National Health Mission, Assam.

Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that this State-of-the-Art Molecular Virology Laboratory for Covid-19 testing has all the facility like the True Nat two-step testing method. First, screening for Beta CoV E gene will be done and further confirmatory tests will be done by Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (SARS-CoV-2RdRP gene) test. Only samples screening positive for Beta CoV E gene will be tested for confirmation. Cancer patients in particular, healthcare workers and the public in general will be highly benefited by this facility.

Director of BBCI Dr Amal Chandra Kataki informed that so far 140 samples have been tested, out of which, 46 have turned out to be positive in screening or in the first step, and then, 25 turned out confirmatory positive for Covid-19. The institute has also created a 26 bedded dedicated Covid Ward for cancer patients, so that their cancer treatment is not delayed for mandating quarantine.

Till now, 25 cancer patients with Covid-19 have been admitted for cancer-directed treatment and one cancer patient with Covid-19 has been discharged after treatment. A limited facility for institutional quarantine of Covid-19 positive healthcare workers of BBCI has also been arranged with due approval from the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Assam.

Shri K N Vyas, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India has provided permission for starting Covid 19 testing facility at BBCI as per Indian Council of Medical Research guidelines, further informed Dr Kataki.

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Written by Rashmi Sarmah

Rashmi Sarmah is working as a journalist for Headline8. A post-graduate in Mass Communication with specialization in Advertisement and Public Relations from Cotton University.
She can be reached at: rashmirekhasarmah95@gmail.com.

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