COVID-19 testing capacity per day to be increased from 171 to 820 samples per day, once all truenat machines are installed Credit: Representational image

Kohima: The state government has decided to enlist private laboratories in the state to conduct COVID-19 tests. This was announced by Spokesperson for COVID-19 and Minister of Planning and coordination, land revenue and parliamentary affairs Neiba Kronu, during a press briefing on Sunday evening.

Kronu said that the state government will be encouraging and further enlisting the private laboratories in the state to conduct tests for COVID-19 at “Government approved rates”. So far, the bio-safety laboratory level-3 at Naga hospital is the only laboratory in the state used for COVID-19 testing with a capacity of testing 90 samples in a day.

Adviser IT, Science & Technology, NRE, Mmhonlumo Kikon, who is also the spokesperson for COVID-19 said that the COVID-19 testing capacity in the state will be increased once all the Truenat machines are all installed in place. While seven Truenat machines were procured by the state, he informed that 15 more truenat machines are yet to be received.

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Kikon assured that once all truenat machines are installed—along with the BSL lab—the testing capacity in the state which is at 171 samples per day [since June 3] will increase to 820 sample tests per day. “That will greatly ease the state’s capacity to ensure that all the district Covid hospitals will be able to test the returnees and later on anyone who is willing to get themselves tested in their own districts,” he added.

As reported, Nagaland health Secretary had informed EastMojo that the physical construction of the BSL-2 in Dimapur will be completed by June 10, after which the ICMR certification process will be done. The state government also recently announced that a BSL-2 will be set up in Tuensang.

Meanwhile, Kronu highlighted that the cabinet has also decided to get details of quarantined returnees who were working outside, such as the name, address, village, mobile number, past work experience or the trade engaged in particular skill proficiency and for developing institutional mechanisms for skill up gradation and training so that people who stay back are able to get employed and earn their living.

He further said that the cabinet also decided that mechanisms will be put in place for registering anyone who wish to go out of the State for work so that details are available and Government is in position to promptly reach out to anyone outside the State who is in distress and provide assistance.

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