ICMR approves BSL-2 lab at CIHSR Dimapur

Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR approves BSL-2 lab at CIHSR Dimapur. BSL-2 lab at CIHSR Dimapur will be inaugurated within a few days time.
(Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom and Advisor IPR, SCERT, and VG, Toshi Wungtung inspected ongoing BSL-2 installation at CIHSR, Dimapur | Photo: Twitter)

Kohima, June 22 (NE): Nagaland Minister for Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom inspected the ongoing BSL-2 installation at CISHR Dimapur today June 22, 2020 and said that the lab would be inaugurated within a few days time.

Director CISHR, Dr. Sedevi informed that ICMR has given approval for the lab and it would be operational once ICMR is satisfied with the test sample done with BSL-2 and the results of which would be uploaded probably by tomorrow.

“If ICMR is satisfied and happy they will give us the go ahead and the lab would be operational,” Doctor Sedevi informed. He also highlighted on the multi utility of such labs and explained that the lab facility could be used for several other conditions like TB, HIV, Hepatitis etc. and would immensely strengthen the medical facility/ infrastructure.

Further, Dr. Sedevi also mentioned that many Naga medical scholars who are working and doing research in the mainland will get opportunity to come and work in Nagaland with the installation of such facilities. “Already 2 PHD Naga scholars have applied and one has already joined,” he informed.

Dr. Nito Yepthomi informed the visiting officials that 12 designated staff headed by him would be running the lab which would also comprise of two pathologists and one scientist who will be working in shifts. He also informed that the present strength of 12 staff would be able to test around 150 to 200 samples but cited that more manpower would be required if the sample goes beyond 200 per day.

Taking to twitter Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said that the BSL-2 lab at CIHSR, Dimapur is on the verge of completion. The quality of the work will not be compromised because of that it is taking time. The inauguration will be done soon to cater to the needs of our people – tweets Pangnyu.

The Minister was accompanied by Advisor IPR, SCERT, and VG, Toshi Wungtung and guided by Director CISHR Dr. Sedevi and Doctor Nito Yepthomi who will be heading the BSL-2 lab. The team visited the processing room, the RNA extraction room, sample storage room kept at minus 80 degree Celsius, the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and explained in detail on how the BSL-2 would function.

(With inputs from: DIPR)

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