Union Health Minister inaugurates ‘Desikan Bhawan’ equipped with new COVID-19 diagnostic

The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Dr. Balram Bhargava , Director General , ICMR inaugurated the new research building ‘Desikan Bhawan’ which is equipped with new COVID-19 diagnostic facility at ICMR-NJIL & OMD in Agra.

The ‘Desikan Bhawan’ is dedicated for research facilities like animal experimentation ,COVID-19 diagnosis , whole genome sequencing of different Mycobacterium species and phytochemical  extraction from medicinal plants for anti-TB drug development .The capacity of COVID-19 Diagnostic Laboratory is around 1200 samples per day. This COVID diagnostic lab is loaded with Biosafety level 2(BSL2)cabinets, automated RNA extractors, and Real Time PCR machines with which the diagnostic results can be exported within a day.

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