Two technicians working in the Covid-19 testing laboratory at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) tested positive on Friday. Following this, the VRDL Laboratory, which can test more than 700 samples a day, was closed immediately.
Reports received on Friday revealed that two lab technicians — a woman and a man — tested positive for Covid-19. While the man was having mild fever since the last 3-4 days, the woman only had a sore throat. Both were admitted in the Covid hospital of the same GMCH premises.
The lab was completely sealed and authorities decided to test all doctors, technicians, and workers attached to the lab. The lab will be fully sanitized for which it will remain shut for at least two days. Sources at GMCH said the lab will not restart before Monday.
However, this will hardly affect testing for Nagpur city. GMCH lab largely caters to the samples coming from Gadchiroli and Bhandara districts as well as some from Nagpur rural. Now, samples coming from these places will be shifted to other labs in Nagpur. Bhandara still doesn’t have its lab while Gadchiroli has a lab with TrueNat technology.
(With inputs from timesofindia)