Dimapur, June 22: Nagaland Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Pangyu Phom on Monday undertook the final inspection of the ongoing BSL-2 installation at CISHR DImapur. He said the lab will be inaugurated within a few days time.
The Minister who was accompanied by Advisor IPR, SCERT, and VG, Toshi Wungtung and guided by Director CISHR, Dr Sedevi and Dr Nito Yepthomi, who will be heading the BSL-2 lab, visited the processing room, the RNA extraction room, sample storage room kept at minus 80 degree Celsius, the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and explained in detail on how the BSL-2 will function.
Director CISHR, Dr Sedevi informed that ICMR has given approval for the lab and it will be operational once ICMR are satisfied with the test sample done with BS-2 and the results of which will be uploaded probably by Tuesday.
“If ICMR is satisfied and happy they will give us the go ahead and the lab will be operational,” Dr Sedevi said. He highlighted on the multi utility of such labs and explained that the lab facility could be used for several other conditions like TB, HIV, Hepatitis etc and would immensely strengthen the medical facility/ infrastructure.
Dr Sedevi also mentioned that many Naga medical scholars who are working and doing research in mainland India will get opportunity to the come and work in Nagaland with the installation of such facilities.
“Already 2 PHD Naga scholars have applied and one has already joined,” he informed.
Dr Nito Yepthomi informed the visiting officials that 12 designated staff headed by him will be running the lab, which will also comprise of 2 pathologists and 1 scientist who will be working in shifts. He also informed that the present strength of 12 staff will be able to test around 150 to 200 samples but cited that more manpower will be required if the sample goes beyond 200 per day. (Page News Service)