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Govt. working on early completion of testing labs: Yhome

BSL 3 lab

Kohima, May 1: The Nagaland government along with the Department of Health and Family Welfare is working hard to complete the process of setting up the Bio-Safety Laboratories for COVID-19 testing in the State.
The reiteration was made by Secretary for HFW, Kesonyu Yhome during a press conference at Civil Secretariat conference hall here today.
Replying to queries on the April 28 Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court’s order to make at least two COVID-19 testing laboratories functional within next ten days, Yhome said the judgement order of the Court is very well appreciated.
Nonetheless, he said that the activities on BSL had started well before any such judgement came and that the government will have to function within the target set for itself.
He was of the view that whether it be the Court or any other agency cannot be the appropriate authority to give a dateline such dates as these are (setting up of Bio-safety lab) are very specialized activity.
“The government has been in full swing to ensure that the lab will be completed at the earliest possible time,” he said adding that starting from the office of the Governor down to the last man of labour force is concern, all are geared up.
“We have reached very advanced stage and we are positive that the lab will start functioning very soon, but can’t give any date,” assured Yhome.
It may be mentioned here that during the last press conference on April 23 held at the Directorate of HFW, Yhome while replying on the progress of work for BSL-3 in Kohima, had informed that the Department is pressing hard to enable the State to begin testing samples for COVID-19 within 20 days, which is by May 12, 2020.
Discharge of Dimapur patient planned from GMCH
Updating on the status of the Dimapur’s COVID-19 positive patient detected in Guwahati Medical College Hospital, Assam while undergoing treatment, Yhome said as per the latest update his condition is “very very stable” and his discharge has been planned, though no specific date has been mentioned.
Yhome said as per reports from the GMCH the test results have not been very consistent, but they have been conducting repeated tests of the Dimapur patient as part of the clinical and medical testing protocol, while the latest test is negative. (Page News Service)