Maharashtra Govt sets up Covid-19 testing lab in Ratnagiri

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on June 09, 2020

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray   -  PTI

The Maharashtra Government has set ₹1.07 crore for pathology laboratory to test viral infections at the District General Hospital, Ratnagiri in 14 days. The new lab will speed up the corona testing in the district, a press statement issued by the Chief Minister Office said.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the facility via a video link on Tuesday. While inaugurating the facility, he said that there is also a demand for a medical college at Ratnagiri, which will also be considered.

He gave special approval to set up such a laboratory in two districts of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. The procedure of setting the laboratory was completed in just 14 days with more than ₹80 lakh spent on machinery and equipment, and ₹15 lakh on construction of the laboratory.

He added that as the pandemic lockdown commenced it was decided as a policy to strengthen the medical infrastructure in the State. At the beginning of the pandemic, the State had only two facilities for testing coronavirus; today that number has increased to 85.

Published on June 09, 2020

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