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Monday, 4 May 2020

5K tests counting, BPS College plays key role in Covid battle

5K tests counting, BPS College plays key role in Covid battle

Chandigarh, May 3

While Pt BD Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, is assuming a heavenly job in Haryana's Covid fight, BPS Medical College for Women at Khanpur Kalan in Sonepat has additionally made a huge commitment by testing more than 5,500 examples up until this point. 

The school's Virus Research and Diagnostic lab (VRDL) was affirmed for Covid tests on March 13 with a limit of 120 tests per day. Be that as it may, it has been giving yield of more than 400 tests per day by utilizing test pooling method since the time the need emerged to scale up testing in the state. 

From March 13 to March 31, the lab tried 154 examples, while 87 more were tried from April 1 to 7, 326 till April 14 and an upwards of 861 tests were led from April 15 to April 21. The combined number of tests remained at 5,241 on the night of April 30 and an astounding 453 were acted in 24 hours, taking the aggregate to 5,573 by Friday. 

The quantity of tests tried in BPS Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, is second just to PGIMS-Rohtak that has led more than 10,000 tests. 

Partner Professor of Microbiology Dr Sarita Yadav, who has been assigned Principal Investigator of the VRDL, said a staff of 15 has been working since the lab began, yet some like Dr Sandeep, Manisha, Pankaj and Reeta had been working nonstop. 

Dr Yadav said the lab has been trying nasopharyngeal swab tests of suspected Covid patients dependent on constant Reverse-Transcript Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). The lab procedure consolidates turn around interpretation of RNA into DNA (in this setting called reciprocal DNA or cDNA) and enhancement of explicit DNA targets utilizing polymerase chain response (PCR). 

"In the initial step, we remove RNA from the examples physically. This is the phase when research center staff is in danger of contracting contamination since they are taking care of the examples straightforwardly. Consequently, this piece of the test is finished wearing individual security gear. This progression requires three hours," clarified Dr Yadav. 


Pool testing a distinct advantage 

  • Pooled inspecting has demonstrated a distinct advantage for BPS Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, just as some different labs of the state 
  • Labs with single-day limit of 120-odd tests have been accomplishing in excess of 400 utilizing this procedure 
  • Pooling of tests includes PCR screening in bunches involving various individual patient example. At the point when a pooled test tests positive, singular examples are surveyed 
  • As every single individual example in a negative pool are viewed as negative, it brings about significant decrease in number of test packs utilized, and hence, expands testing limit


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