Hamirpur (HP), Jun 10 : A modern Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction Machine (RT-PCR) for COVID testing has arrived at the Dr Radhakrishnan Government Medical College (RGMC) here. The machine, which reached here yesterday, was badly needed in Hamirpur owing to a sudden spurt in the Corona cases in the state, particularly in Hamirpur.
Dr Anil Chauhan, the Principal of the Medical College said that the equipment cost was about Rs 50 lakh which included its purchase and installation of other accessories to run the machine in an efficient manner. 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.
With the installation of the RT-PCR machine, the COVID tests will be conducted in a shortest span and the results will be released on the day the samples are received in the laboratory of the Medical College, Dr Chauhan said. 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)