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Biosafety lab equipment expected to arrive on Tuesday

By Our Correspondent Updated: Apr 14, 2020 2:29 am

Our Correspondent
Kohima, April 13 (EMN):
The much anticipated equipment for the biosafety laboratory in Nagaland is expected to arrive on Tuesday; and five research scientists from the state were sent on April 12 to Dibrugarh ICMR, Assam.

The secretary for Health and Family Welfare, Kesonyu Yhome informed this to Eastern Mirror on Monday and stated that the research scientists from the state were undergoing training from April 13-14.

He maintained that the team of technicians from Thermo Fisher had inspected the proposed sites for setting up the laboratories at Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research in Dimapur and Naga Hospital Authority Kohima on April 11; and added that the government had taken up the matter with Maharashtra, seeking permission from Palgarh district collector to allow factories from exemption of work for the laboratories to be set up in Nagaland.

Yhome also stated that the first consignment of laboratory materials along with firm engineers and staff of Thermo Fishers are to arrive in the state on April 14, wherein they’ll work round the clock for setting up the laboratories at the earliest.

He also spoke on the report of a resident of Dimapur being tested positive for Covid-19 on April 12 at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

Yhome informed that many co-passengers of the person who tested positive had come forward to declare themselves and were in quarantine; and contact tracing is going on, while the family of the patient and those suspected to be in contact with the person have also been kept in facility quarantine.

The secretary also expressed his displeasure over the incident, despite the state being prepared and equipped, and added that the travel history and the person’s phone were being tracked till March 18 with the help of the police cyber unit for tracing of “at risk” persons.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Apr 14, 2020 2:29:40 am