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Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviews sampling & testing strategy

Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviews sampling & testing strategy

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 April 2020 12:22 PM GMT

New Delhi: Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan held a meeting with senior officials of ICMR, Department of Science & Technology, Biotechnology, and CSIR to review the sampling and testing strategy for COVID-19, here on Monday. There was an elaborate discussion on issues like procurement of re-agents, website integration, data management and analysis, dashboards, research studies both planned and done so far, etc.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan informed that he has a discussion in the morning with the Health Minister of the States/UTs about the actions being taken by Union Health Ministry, reviewed the status of preparedness of States/UTs and assured them with all possible support. he also lauded the States for active surveillance, effective contact tracing and their preparedness for containment and management of COVID-19.

During the meeting, it was informed by DG, CMR that 129 government laboratories are functional with a testing capacity of 13000 tests per day along with 149 NABL accredited private lab. The private chains have around 16,000 collection centres. It was also informed that adequate test kits have been procured and disseminated across the States for any further eventualities. He was also informed that Rapid Antibody test kits are also ordered, As of now, 38,442 tests have been done with 1,332 tests in private labs across the country.

Further discussions were held with the three Secretaries of the Ministry of Science & Technology about the status of research into developing solutions for handling COVID-19.

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