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Tura Civil Hospital increases Covid-19 testing capacity

Shillong June 27: Tura Civil Hospital in Meghalaya has installed the RT-PCR machine for testing of Covid-19 samples.
Director Health Services (MI), Dr Aman Warr said that the RT-PCR machine has started functioning on Friday.
The installation of RT-PCR at Tura Civil Hospital has further increased the testing capacity of Meghalaya.
“Along with Tura, around 600 tests can be conducted per day in the state using RT-PCR,” Dr Warr said.
In Shillong, the testing capacity is 400 tests per day at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).
Another testing machine at Pasteur Institute, Shillong will also come up, but approval of the Indian Council of Medical Research is pending.
The Meghalaya government has declared NEIGRIHMS as the nodal hospital for testing of swab samples for Covid-19 in the state.
At present, Meghalaya has five active positive Covid-19 cases. In total, the state recorded 48 positive cases, out of which, 42 persons have recovered, and one deceased.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma congratulated the team at Civil Hospital Tura for installing the RT-PCR.
“Congratulations to the team at Civil Hospital Tura for the first 34 RT-PCR tests conducted in Tura. Installed capacity is 90 tests per day,” Sangma tweeted.