Chhattisgarh has only two centers for corona virus testing : more testing centers demanded
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today wrote letter to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harshvardhan requesting to increase number of novel corona virus testing centers in Chhattisgarh. Shri Baghel requested in the letter that Microbiology Department of Dr Bheemrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital Raipur should be authorized for novel corona virus testing, as the department has all the facilities required for the test.
Chief Minister stated in the letter that Government of India has declared novel corona virus as a national calamity and Chhattisgarh government has declared it to be an epidemic across the state. To prevent spreading of corona virus (COVID-19), strict monitoring is being done at community-level, patients are being diagnosed and are being provided thorough medical treatment.
Shri Baghel stated that presently, there are only two testing centers in Chhattisgarh state, one at All India Institute of Medical Science, Raipur (AIIMS), Raipur and second one at Late Shri Baliram Kashyap Memorial Government Medical College, Jagdalpur. In view of the current critical circumstances, it is need of the hour to authorize more corona virus testing centers in the state, so that the suspects may get tested soon and the patients so found can be provided medical treatment immediately. Microbiology Department of Dr Bheemrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital Raipur is equipped with all the necessary facilities for corona virus testing. Keeping this in view, Secretary, Health Department had requested Director General ICMR New Delhi on March 24 to authorize the aforementioned department for corona testing, but no response has been received till date. Chief Minister stated that keeping in view the current circumstances and the fully-equipped status of Microbiology Department, Dr Bheemrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital Raipur, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel has requested Union Minister to authorize it for corona virus testing.