Testing of throat swab samples for COVID-19 at the ICMR National Institute of Traditional Medicine (NITM) (opposite KLE’s Dr.Prabhakar Kore Hospital) Belagavi was formally inaugurated on Thursday.
The laboratory is currently capable of testing 90 samples daily.
Scientists at the NITM lab successfully conducted reverse transcription polymer as a chain reaction (RT-PCR) of 11 samples on Wednesday. NITM already had the necessary infrastructure and facilities for RT-PCR testing, besides a state-of-the-art laboratory, experienced scientists and skilled manpower.
This would definitely decrease the time frame for awaiting the results. Over the past 2 days very fewer SWAB tests from Belagavi have been done and as on Wednesday evening results of 135 samples are awaited.
The lab was formally inaugurated by district in-charge minister Jagdish Shettar in the presence of other politicians from the district.