Hamirpur (HP), May 27 : A brand new Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction Machine (RT-PCR) for COVID testing would be installed in first week of June at the Dr. Radhakrishnan Government Medical College (RGMC) Hamirpur.
This machine was badly needed in Hamirpur due to the sudden spurt in the coronavirus cases in the state in general and Hamirpur in particular. This machine is used for testing the samples and accordingly results are declared in positive or negative.
Dr. Anil Chauhan, the Principal of the Medical College said that it would cost a sum of about thirty-five lakh rupees and additional sum of about fifteen lakh would also be spent for installing other accessories needed to run the machine in an efficient manner.
Necessary infrastructure for the machine was being laid these days and the College authorities are sure that the new machine would start its operation in the first week of June positively, said Dr. Chauhan, the Principal of the Medical College here today.
It is worth mentioning here that the Real time RT-PCR is a nuclear-derived method for detecting the presence of specific genetic material from any pathogen, including a virus. Originally, the method used radioactive isotope markers to detect targeted genetic materials, but subsequent refining has led to the replacement of the isotopic labeling with special markers, most frequently fluorescent dyes.
With this technique, scientists can see the results almost immediately while the process is still ongoing; conventional RT-PCR only provides results at the end. He is sure that with the installation of the RT-PCR machine, the COVID tests will be conducted in the shortest span and the results will be released on the day the samples are received in the laboratory of the Medical College.
Congress MLA from Nadaun in Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu had released a grant of Rs 35 lakh from his MLA local area development fund for purchase of a machine for testing coronavirus.
At present, tests for COVID-19 in the hill-state are being conducted at three laboratories in Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Shimla, Tanda's Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC) in Kangra and Kasauli's Central Research Institute (CRI) in Solan district and IHBT, Palampur. (UNI)