Guwahati: The research and development wing DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) has approved a proposal to establish a COVID-19 test centre at the Defence Research Laboratory (DRL) in Tezpur, Assam.
The DRL was inaugurated by health and family welfare minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sharma on May 29. Assam government initiated talks with DRDO and ICMR to make DRL, Tezpur one of the recognised COVID-19 test centres.
On June 2, the minister took to Twitter to announce the news. He wrote, “In yet another development that strengthens our ongoing fight against a pandemic, I am pleased to share that @DRDO_India has approved Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur as an authorized testing centre for #COVID19. I thank @DefenceMinIndia for this.”
The health minister even shared a letter of approval from DRDO to which was adressed to the Director of Defense Research Laboratory (DRL), Tezpur. The letter mentions some norms that need to be followed which include that the facility, equipment processes should be compliant to ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) guidelines for COVI-19 testing.
Further, safety of the manpower involved in the COVID-19 testing needs to be a priority. Priority also needs to be given to the safety of the entire laboratory environment concerning biosafety measures.
As of the time of filing this report, Assam’s total tally of COVID-19 patients has reached to 1485 with 1194 active cases and 284 recovered. A total of four people have lost their lives to the pandemic in Assam.