News By/Courtesy: Riddhima Kedia | 27 Jul 2020 19:18pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • COVID-19 testing facilities started in three cities: Noida, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
  • Deaths due to coronavirus in India are much lower than in many big countries, says PM Modi
  • PM has also warned the citizens against Covid-19 widespread, he has asked everyone to stay safe during the upcoming festive season.

PM Modi launched COVID-19 testing facilities in 3 cities 

On Monday, PM Narendra Modi has set in motion “high throughput” COVID-19 testing facilities in three cities: Noida, Kolkata, and Mumbai. The basic agenda behind setting up these laboratories is to stop the ramping of COVID-19 cases. This will assist in faster detection of the infected person and thereby, will reduce the widespread of this pandemic. 

The three high-throughput testing facilities have been set up at:

1. ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, Noida

2. ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai

3. ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata

Allegedly, these centers will test approximately 10,000 samples per day. These labs will decrease the turn-around-time. The labs are enabled to test diseases other than Covid-19 as well, and post the pandemic, will be able to test for Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Cytomegalovirus, Chlamydia, Neisseria, Dengue, etc.

PM Modi Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Science & Technology, along with Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh had launched this project virtually over video conference. In the launch, PM Modi said that this step will provide strength to the people of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and will help in fighting the pandemic. 

On being questioned for the decision of places, PM Modi said that Delhi-NCR, Kolkata, and Mumbai are major economic hubs, these places hold most of the migrant activities in the country. Therefore, it was necessary to increase their testing services. 

The Prime Minister said, “Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, and Kolkata are major centers of economic activity. Here millions of youth of the country come to fulfill their careers, their dreams. The new facilities will add 10,000 tests per day to their existing testing capacities. Highlighting the fast pace for the development of 'Corona Specific Health Infrastructure', Today, there are more than 11,000 Covid-19 facilities and more than 11 lakh isolation beds in the country. We also have nearly 1,300 testing labs and more than 5 lakh tests are being conducted daily. In the coming weeks, we will try to take this number of 10 lakh tests per day".

He further said that India was in a much better position as compared to other countries in the fight against Covid-19 due to the right decisions taken at the right time. Deaths due to coronavirus in India are much lower than in many big countries.

In this fight, we have reached a point where we do not lack awareness, scientific data is expanding, and the resources are increasing. However, there is a need to expand the health infrastructure for Covid-19 response across the country, especially in rural areas. PM has also warned the citizens against Covid-19 widespread, he has asked everyone to stay safe during the upcoming festive season.

 

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. This article is based purely on the author's personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 28 Jul 2020 12:47pm IST


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