Bengal Orders Advanced Device From Europe Firm, Plans 1 Lakh Daily Covid Tests

West Bengal authorities is getting ready to check one lakh COVID-19 samples each day. (Representational)


With coronavirus instances set to rise, the West Bengal authorities is getting ready to check a minimum of one lakh COVID-19 samples each day and has ordered superior testing gear from a Switzerland-based pharmaceutical firm, an official stated on Saturday.

The gadget, which might conduct novel coronavirus checks on the Cobas 6800/8800 system, was ordered in Could and is anticipated to reach by mid August. 

The federal government of India has bought 4-5 of them. A kind of has been despatched to Nationwide Institute of Cholera and Enteric Illnesses, which is the ICMR physique positioned in Kolkata. 

Every of those machines can take a look at 4,000 samples a day. With the Bengal acquisition, it would imply a further 8,000 checks a day. For the time being, Bengal is conducting 10,000 checks a day in over 50 labs throughout the state. 

The machine prices about Rs 3  Cr. A set of 50,000 take a look at kits value one other Rs 2 Cr. 

“The price of of conducting 10,000 checks is Rs 2-2.5 crore. As soon as this method is in place, it would reduce down on the expenditure,” he stated.

“We’ve some technicians within the Well being Division and some on the Nationwide Institute of Cholera and Enteric Illnesses (NICED) who’ve data concerning the Cobas system. Some are being skilled on the Calcutta College of Tropical Drugs,” the official added.

The Cobas SARS-CoV-2 is a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain response (RT-PCR) machine meant for qualitative take a look at on the Cobas 6800/8800 system to detect the an infection from nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab samples, and it’s accredited by the World Well being Group (WHO).


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