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Governor R.N Ravi thanks Defence Minister for ordering airlift of equipments for BSL labs

Kohima, April 14 (NE): Nagaland Governor, Shri R.N Ravi expressed gratitude to the Defence Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh for ordering airlift of essential equipments for testing suspected Covid19 samples in the state.

Defence Ministry, Government of India had promptly responded to the request by the Governor of Nagaland and orders airlift of essential equipments from Mumbai to Dimapur by Indian Airforce plane to set up BSL Lab for testing suspected Covid-19 samples in the state, it added.

According to a reliable source, first consignment of equipments to set up BSL 3 and BSL 2 laboratory for testing suspected Covid-19 sample is scheduled to arrive in Dimapur, tomorrow, April 15, 2020.

As informed by the Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare, GoN, Menukhol John, on April 07, 2020, a Bio Safety laboratory- BSL-3 lab to be set up at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima and BSL-2 lab at Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research, Dimapur, for testing suspected Covid19 samples.

Earlier, Governor R.N Ravi in his address to the people of Nagaland on Covid-19 said, at present, we do not have testing facility for corona in our state. We have to send samples of suspected cases to Guwahati, Assam. As a result, we have not been able to do required number of tests so that we can have an objective assessment of the COVID-19 situation in the state. We are in the process of setting up a testing laboratory in our state. Ministry of Health, Government of India and the Indian council of medicine research is giving us required assistance, added the Governor.