Bhopal: State to focus on intensive contact tracing and testing
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BHOPAL: DME minister Vishwas Sarang said that the state government will focus on intensive contact tracing and sample (collection) testing to tackle the Delta-Plus variant of Covid and other variants in Madhya Pradesh. He was addressing a meeting on the Delta-Plus cases which have been increasing in Madhya Pradesh.

So far, eight Delta-Plus cases have been reported in Madhya Pradesh. The health department is conducting contact tracing to track such cases. It is also working on contact tracing in the case of the 25-year-old patient of Bairagarh who was infected with the Delta-Plus variant.

DME minister Sarang further said that, with the installation of a genome sequencing machine in Bhopal, testing would become quite faster. Right now, it takes almost 25 days to receive the results of Delta-Plus testing.

Why not use AIIMS infra?

All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has facilities of genome sequencing. Sources close to AIIMS said there was a machine and other equipment in AIIMS for carrying out such work. Its administration has written to the state government to be allowed to use these facilities. But, so far, the state government has not given any positive reply. On the contrary, the state government is sending samples to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, instead of using the AIIMS facilities. The NCDC has already given Rs 9.6 crore for opening a lab, but nothing has been done in this regard till now.

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