VRDL RIMS to halt processing of RT PCR tests

VRDL in charge RIMS, professor Kh Sulochana told the Imphal Free Press that the Biosafety Cabinet which is one of the main components of the VRDL has stopped functioning since Monday afternoon.


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The VRDL at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) will not be processing any samples for RT-PCR testing for the time being as the Biosafety Cabinet at the VRDL has suddenly stopped functioning.

VRDL in charge RIMS, professor Kh Sulochana told the Imphal Free Pressthat the Biosafety Cabinet which is one of the main components of the VRDL has stopped functioning since Monday afternoon. A few of the samples which were already extracted were processed; however, the sample tests have been discontinued from Tuesday, she added.  

Sulochana said the RIMS authority has somehow managed to buy the parts and components to replace the cabinet. However, there are no experts readily available to change the parts in the cabinet since the VRDL machine is a specialised one, she said. 

Sulochana also said she is taking the initiative to convince the company concerned to send engineers to repair the parts and she also informed that the engineers are expected to reach the state by May 27.

Meanwhile, a circular from State Level Viral Research and Diagnostics Laboratory, RIMS stated that the processing of the samples will be halted as a precautionary measure for the VRDL laboratory personnel and in view towards minimising the risk of contamination in the laboratory. The circular also requested all concerned not to send samples to the VRDL, RIMS for the time being. It is worth mentioning that most samples of COVID-19 in the state are tested at VRDL in JNIMS and VRDL in RIMS.  The lab at RIMS has been one of the two main centres in the state for conducting RT PCR tests and it can conduct around 400 RTPCR test in a day.  

First Published:May 26, 2021, 1:16 a.m.

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