DRDO’s new Covid check centre at Leh could handle future bio-threats

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23

As recent circumstances of COVID-19 proceed to emerge, a testing centre for COVID-19 samples has been established on the Defence Institute of High-Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh.

Apart from a utility in the course of the ongoing pandemic, the infrastructure arrange can play a pivotal position in enhancing functionality to handle future bio-threats and in addition in analysis actions pertinent to agro-animal illnesses.

The facility was inaugurated by RK Mathur, Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Ladakh, on Wednesday. Lauding the efforts put in by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for establishing the centre at DIHAR, Mathur mentioned this is able to considerably increase the testing functionality in Ladakh.

RK Mathur, Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Ladakh, inaugurates the testing centre for COVID-19 samples established on the Defence Institute of High-Altitude Research (DIHAR) in Leh on Wednesday

DIHAR is a laboratory beneath the DRDO based mostly at Leh which is engaged in analysis on chilly arid agro-animal applied sciences to reinforce the manufacturing of recent greens and animal-origin meals, benefitting not on the armed forces but in addition the native populace in Ladakh.

Its actions embody agro-animal illness investigation and management, up-gradation of native livestock germplasm, semipermafrost-based conservation of elite plant germplasm, nano-materials based mostly know-how for bettering productiveness and growing greenhouse applied sciences for prime altitude and chilly desert areas. It can also be screening and figuring out medicinal and fragrant vegetation to use their use for defence functions.

Dr OP Chaurasia, director at DIHAR, mentioned: “At present, the facility is capable of screening 50 samples per day which can easily be enhanced with the availability of more trained manpower. Apart from screening, the facility can be utilised for training manpower for COVID testing. Among the different measures, one of the important prerequisites is to efficiently identify the infected individuals followed by isolation and treatment.”

In view of their extremely contagious nature, correct dealing with of stay virus in these amenities is of paramount significance for the protection of researcher, well being skilled and the setting. The centre has been designed to make sure a unidirectional workflow for security. It has devoted donning and doffing areas together with two validated bio-safety cupboards for virus RNA isolation and neutralisation.

In accordance with security requirements and advisories issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research, the centre has been outfitted with deep freezers, autoclaves for sterilising the bio-waste, computerized disinfectant dispensers and a walk-in chilly room for holding human samples.

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