GMC Rajouri gets ICMR nod to start COVID testing

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 26: After Government Medical College (GMC) Kathua, now GMC Rajouri has got nod of the Indian Council of Medical and Research (ICMR) to start RTPCR testing for COVID-19.
In a communiqué to Dr Kanishtha Sharma (Incharge HoD), Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, GMC and Associated Hospital, Rajouri, Prof Mini P Singh, Nodal Officer, COVID-19 Testing, Principal Coordinator, Mentoring Institute (Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh) has said that the GMC Rajouri is permitted to conduct RTPCR testing of COVID-19.
“Based on the existing infrastructure, facilities for carrying out SARS CoV-2 by Conventional Real Time PCR, availability of trained manpower and review of competency testing results, which was found satisfactory, you are hereby permitted to carry out the testing for SARS CoV-2 by Conventional Real Time PCR,” Dr Singh said in the communiqué.
The communiqué further added: “The core committee of PGIMER Chandigarh chaired by DPGI has decided that your lab can be approved by ICMR for testing COVID-19 by Conventional RTPCR”.
With approval of ICMR, GMC Rajouri has become second new Medical College in J&K UT where RTPCR testing for COVID-19 will be started soon. Earlier, on August 18, GMC Kathua was permitted by ICMR to start RTPCR testing of COVID-19.

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