LG Mathur inaugurates COVID-19 testing facility at DIHAR

Lt Governor Ladakh, R K Mathur inaugurating COVID-19 testing facility at DIHAR on Wednesday.

LEH: Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, R K Mathur inaugurated the COVID-19 testing facility established in adherence to the safety standards and advisories of ICMR at DIHAR campus here.
Dr OP Chaurasia Director, DIHAR; Brig J B Singh, Commandant 153 GH; Dr Padma Gurmet, Director NRISR, Leh; Dr Mutup Dorjey, CMO, Leh and his team of doctors from SNM Hospital, Col. Manoj Batra, Nodal Officer of Covid Testing Lab and Dr Tsering Stobdan, Sr. Scientist DIHAR were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, LG Mathur said that so far Ladakh has effectively handled the COVID-19 pandemic. He credited the self-discipline of the people of Ladakh and villages exercising various disciplinary restraints as the prime reasons in containing the spread of the coronavirus. He said that correct and timely administrative decisions like home quarantine, opening of shops for maximum hours to avoid crowding, etc, with the full support of medical fraternity and local community have helped Ladakh fight the pandemic in unison.
The Lt Governor lauded the efforts put in establishing COVID-19 testing facility in DIHAR and also the procurement of required materials and machinery in right quantity at right time. He thanked Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman, DRDO & Secretary, Department of Defence R&D for making this facility available at DIHAR. He expressed hope that it will augment the testing capacity in Ladakh and would help in keeping a close monitoring of the infected persons. He also enquired about the bio-safety aspect of the testing facility and exhorted to ensure all precautionary measures to minimize cross-contamination and safety of researcher, health professionals and the environment.
While inspecting the testing facility, Dr I P Kumar, Scientist ‘F’ from INMAS, Delhi apprised the Lt Governor that the facility is capable of screening 50 samples per day. Besides, it can be utilized for training manpower for COVID testing. He informed that the facility has two robust validated Bio-safety Cabinets (B2 type) for virus neutralization and RNA isolation which would be carried out in dedicated rooms. He added that the downstream processing of samples would be done in Pre-PCR lab and RT-PCR lab.
Dr O P Chaurasia, Director, DIHAR said that apart from the utility of the facility in addressing the ongoing pandemic, this facility will be of great significance to address future bio-threats and carrying out R&D activities pertinent to agro-animals diseases.