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Samples for COVID-19 test are collected/transported in compliance with MoH&FW & WHO: Dr Suokhrie

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Dimapur, April 10: In view of the misinformation being circulated in various social media platforms, the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare has reiterated that collection and transportation of samples for COVID-19 test are done in compliance with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and World Health Organization.
Principal Director, Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie said that the sample are collected using all precautions from the designated district collection centres by trained health personnel. They are packed using triple packaging system and transported in Viral Transport Medium (VTM) at temperature of 2-8 degree Celsius. The designated laboratory records the date and time of sample collection and receipt of specimen at laboratory and certifies the quality of the samples sent.
Till date the samples sent by the state have been certified to be “in good condition” by the designated laboratories, he said.
Dr Suokhrie further stated that the samples transported as per the above specification can be stored for 48-72 hours. For Nagaland, the time taken between sample collection and receipt at laboratory for all samples thus far is within 6 hours, he added.
If there is any reason to delay the testing by the designated laboratory, the samples can be stored at -20 degree Celsius for one week or can be preserved at -70 degree Celsius for extended periods, he said.
He thanked the ICMR designated laboratories at Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh, JNIMS Hospital, Imphal, Manipur and Guwahati Medical College as the results of the samples sent from Nagaland are all received within 24 hours. (Page News Service)