Arunachal Pradesh set up it’s first COVID-19 testing laboratory at state-run Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS), Naharlagun on April 30. The hospital was earlier designated as a dedicated centre for treating coronavirus-infected patients.
The lab will be testing suspected COVID-19 cases by RT-PCR method. It has a testing capacity of 100 swab samples per day, stated the daily COVID-19 bulletin released by the state health department.
The facility was inaugurated by Health Minister Alo Libang.
TRIMHS director Dr Moji Jini said the number of tests in the laboratory can be increased to 200 per day by engaging more technicians.
Arunachal Pradesh was sending swab samples to neighbouring Assam for tests.
Till April 30, Arunachal Pradesh sent 694 samples for test out of which 611 came negative while results of 36 samples are awaited. One patient had tested positive from Lohit district. He was released after treatment at the Zonal Hospital in Tezu.
The daily COVID-19 bulletin on April 30 stated that as many as 357 tests were conducted in Capital Complex while 85 tests were conducted at Namsai, 76 at East Siang and 63 at Lohit districts. At least two districts in the state – East Kameng and Kamle – are yet to conduct any test. Also, the number of tests conducted in maximum number of districts (13), are in single digits.