Odisha Govt to set up RT-PCR Covid Testing Labs in 16 Districts

Odisha Govt to set up RTPCR Covid-19 testing laboratory facilities at 16 Dist headquarters

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TNI Bureau:  In order to ramp up the coronavirus testing in the State and made it available in district level, Odisha Government to set up RTPCR Covid-19 testing laboratory facilities at 16 district headquarters to ensure smooth availability of health facilities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The RTPCR Covid-19 testing laboratory facilities will be set up in Bhadrak, Boudh, Bargarh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Kendrapada, Khordha, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Sonepur and Sundergarh.

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CM Naveen Patnaik sanctioned Rs 20 crore for the facilities. One Microbiologist & 3 Technicians will be engaged in each RT-PCR lab.

The approximate unit cost for establishment of RTPCR Covid-19 testing laboratory facility with Biosafety Cabinet Class II A2 and Biosefety Level 2+(BSL2+) is around Rs. 120 Lakhs.

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