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Preparing to deal with Corona, genome sequencing will start in three more medical colleges, Uttarakhand asks for three lakh Covid vaccine from the Center

After Government Medical College, Doon, the state government will soon set up genome sequencing labs for Covid-infected samples in three more medical colleges. For this, registration permission has been sought from the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Delhi. Apart from this, three lakh covid vaccines have been sought from the central government for booster dose.

On Friday, a virtual meeting of health ministers of all states was held under the chairmanship of Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, in which Health Minister Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat informed about the health preparedness of the state. He informed that along with increasing the RTPCR test for testing corona in the state, genome sequencing labs have been established in all the four medical colleges.

Genome sequencing test is being done at Doon Medical College. The government has started a campaign to apply booster dose. For this, three lakh booster doses should be made available to the state. In the meeting, Secretary Health Dr. R.K. Rajesh, Director Health Dr. Vinita Shah, Director NHM Dr. Saroj Naithani, Dr. Pankaj Singh and other officers were present.

Mock drill on December 27 to test the preparations

In the meeting, the Union Health Minister directed all the states to compulsorily genome sequencing of infected samples along with increasing Covid vaccination, RTPCR testing. All states should conduct mock drill in hospitals on December 27 to test their preparedness. So that adequate resources, employees, management can be estimated for prevention of infection. All states will have to report this to the Union Health Ministry.

Capacity of 11 thousand RTPCR test per day in the lab of medical colleges

Medical colleges of the state Dehradun, Srinagar, Haldwani and Almora have the capacity of more than 11 thousand RTPCR testing per day while the genome sequencing lab established in these medical colleges has the capacity of more than two thousand genome sequencing per month. At present, genome sequencing of infected samples is being done at Doon Medical College. Genome sequencing lab will be started soon after permission from NCDC for registration in Haldwani, Almora and Srinagar medical colleges.

Health department has 22428 oxygen cylinders

The government had arranged medical equipment for the third wave of Corona. At present, a total of 22428 oxygen cylinders, 9743 oxygen concentrators, 86 oxygen generation plants are in operation in the state. Apart from this, 762 ICU beds, 8189 oxygen support beds, 1032 ventilators are available in government hospitals. About 15,000 RTPCR test facilities are available daily in 11 government pathology labs.