A specific timeline for receiving the reagents cannot be ascertained Credit: Representational image

Kohima: After nearly four weeks of beginning with the bio-safety laboratory (BSL) level-3 construction at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK), the virology laboratory — the first in the state has — received approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Nagaland health secretary Kesonyu Yhome, on Thursday evening, informed that the BSL-3 has received approval from the ICMR based on “validation of documentation and quality control test run”.

“Testing of clinical samples for COVID-19 can begin as soon as teagents are supplied by ICMR,” he added. However, a specific timeline for receiving the reagents cannot be ascertained, said Yhome.

“We are closely pursuing when they [ICMR] can supply the reagents,” Yhome told EastMojo. While the inauguration of the laboratory will be the call of the state government, he reiterated: “Right now, our top priority is to pursue for reagents to reach us.”

The first consignment for the BSL-3 at NHAK reached the state on April 16. As reported earlier, Yhome said that certified experts from the state, including a senior specialist and four research scientists, will be engaged in the laboratory. He added that microbiologists and other specialists will be assigned as per requirement.

Meanwhile, Yhome also informed that the BSL-2 at CIHSR in Dimapur is undergoing “civil work”.

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