Kohima, May 20: Nagaland is all set to get its first Bio-Safety Level (BSL-3) Laboratory for testing suspected samples of COVID-19 at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) on Thursday, said Minister for Health and Family Welfare, S Pangyu Phom.
“We are all set to inaugurate the long awaited BSL-3 lab at NHAK tomorrow at 11 am,” said Phom on Wednesday.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will inaugurate the much needed lab during a brief dedicatory program scheduled to operationalise, the minister said.
With no medical college in the State, this will be the first BSL-3 lab in Nagaland since statehood in 1963.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Nagaland government started setting up the much needed lab at NHAK on April 17 last while all protocols were reportedly completed on May 12 and documentations for validation by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) New Delhi was sent the same day.
ICMR New Delhi approved the lab on May 14, but due to unavailability of reagents and other needed equipment the inauguration was delayed, sources said. (Page News Service)