Coronavirus scare: Test labs coming up at SKIMS, GMC
Srinagar, Mar 8:
Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to set up two virology
laboratories to ensure speedy diagnosis of suspected coronavirus cases.
In the wake of
widespread panic over the emerging infection in Kashmir, two laboratories will
be made functional at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS),
Soura and Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar.
Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Ghulam Hassan Yattoo said so far samples of suspected
novel coronavirus patients from Kashmir are sent to All India Institute of
Medical Sciences (AIIMS)?for detection of the virus.
“In order to
quickly detect, isolate and trace people suspected to have coronavirus, the
testing laboratory will be established at SKIMS within a week’s time,” Hassan
Seconding him, Dr
Samia Rashid, Principal Government Medical College, Srinagar said the
laboratory will help to contain the virus in time.
“We will procure
the reagents (a substance or mixture for use in chemical analysis or other
reactions) soon. The laboratory will be made functional within a day or two,”
A senior doctor
at SMHS said the virus can be tested in a laboratory through a Real Time-PCR
(polymerase chain reaction).
“The RT-PCR test
is a highly sensitive. This is a kind of gene based diagnostic test. It is much
more reliable and much better than the conventional test,” he said.
He pointed out
that nasal and throat swabs are used as specimens for detecting coronavirus.
The test takes at least 12-24 hours for the confirmation.
positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kashmir, health officials
said all hospitals should ensure their staff is trained and well-prepared to
deal with the virus.
has been issuing advisories to inform people of the precautionary measures and
symptoms associated with coronavirus.
trained staff has been placed for screenings at the Srinagar Airport and
National Highway Jammu and Kashmir, an isolation center was created at Sanat
Nagar, and Bemina, so that the suspected cases are directly taken there instead
of tertiary care centers.