Malappuram: coronavirus testing laboratory to open at Manjeri medical school this week

MALAPPURAM: The Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction Testing Laboratory (RTPCR) for testing will begin operating at the government medical school this week.

Currently, swab samples from suspected crown cases from the Malappuram district are being analyzed in the laboratory and this causes delays in receiving test results from people in the district.

The Dr., director of the medical school, said the laboratory would start operating this week, immediately after receiving permission from the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). On Saturday, the higher education minister, who attended a coronavirus review meeting in Malappuram, said the laboratory would be operational on April 8.

The director said that two RTPCR machines would be organized in the laboratory and the installation work on the machines is in the final stage. With the opening of the laboratory we can avoid the delay in receiving the results of swab samples collected from people who suspect infection with the Corona virus, he said, adding that the opening of the laboratory in Manjeri would also solve the problems related to the transport of samples for testing.

Meanwhile, 48 more people in the district tested negative for coronavirus infection on Sunday. So far, a total of 702 people in the district have tested negative for the viral infection. Test results from 176 swab samples have not yet been received.

328 more people were observed in Malappuram on Sunday. With this, the total number of people under observation in the district has increased to 16,850. 156 people are under observation in various government hospitals. These 150 people are under treatment at the government medical school, Manjeri, which is the special coronavirus treatment center. Others have been admitted to government district hospitals in Tirur and Taluk government hospital in. 11 people are under observation in coronavirus care centers. 16683 people are under observation in their homes.