The civil hospital has a virus research and diagnostic laboratory (VRDL) where RT-PCR tests of swab samples are being conducted to identify if a person is suffering from infection.
“The VRDL testing capacity is 4,000 tests a day. There is further scope for increasing the testing. We have, therefore, decided to get another automated RNA extractor for the laboratory. This will increase the capacity to at least 6,000 tests a day,” nodal officer for testing in Nashik district Utkarsha Dudhedia said.
The officer said that they plan to source automatic machine from the District Planning Committee (DPC) funds.
The RT-PCR tests are conducted after RNA is extracted from swab samples. The manual process of the extraction is length and, hence, the automatic extractor is used for the purpose.
Considering the seriousness of the third wave, the health administration wants to ensure that there is no issue with the testing machinery.