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Faridkot sets up its first Covid testing facility

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The Fact News Service

Faridkot, May 22

Punjab Cabinet Minister for Medical Research and Education OP Soni inaugurated country’s first coronavirus testing T.B. Liquid Culture and D.S.T Biology Lab at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot.

Soni said that the Punjab Government was working extensively to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic and accelerated testing and treatment of patients. Labs have been set up at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, Government Medical College, Patiala and Amritsar to enhance the testing capacity of corona patients in the state.

In these labs COVID -19 tests are conducted with hi-tech machines and advanced techniques whereby staff working in these labs is safe and is at no risk of contracting the disease, said Soni.

He said that with the setting up of these labs, the daily coronavirus testing capacity in the state would reach 9000. He said that one lab would conduct 3000 tests and the combined capacity of the three labs would now be 9000. Earlier, 1500 tests were done in a day. He said that now Punjab would become the leading state in the country in terms of COVID-19 testing. He said that earlier, samples for coronavirus had to be sent to Pune laboratory and it used to take more than 14 days to get the reports. He said that with the setting up of these labs the report would now be received on the same day.

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