In the state of Odisha, Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) at Bhubaneswar is the only testing center so far available for COVID-19 suspects.
To establish a Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) for diagnosis of cornoavirus cases, the state govt has started swift work. This facility is necessary as the virus has been spreading in India amd parts of Odisha.
VIMSAR Superintendent Jayashree Dora stated that the feasibility report sought by the State Government for setting up of the laboratory was already sent by the institution’s experts. The report has proposed the set up of a testing laboratory in the Microbiology department of VIMSAR at the earliest. The testing of the Recombinant Technology Polymerase Chain Reaction (rt PCR) test would be possible at the facility once it becomes functional.
People living in and around western Odisha will benefit from the laboratory at VIMSAR. Currently, VIMSAR like every other institution, is sending throat swab samples of COVID-19 suspects to the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) at Bhubaneswar for tests.