New COVID testing unit to be set up in Ernakulam to increase testing rate
Ernakulam: A new testing unit will be set up in Ernakulam district to increase the rate of testing. The new PCR machine will be established in the COVID care center under Ernakulam general hospital.
John Fernandes MLA informed that the scheme worth Rs 45 lakhs has been approved in this regard. The machine will be set up from the money allocated from the constituency development fund.
As of now, there are facilities to conduct only 200 PCR tests in the district. But, there are more than 1000 COVID positive patients presently under treatment.
The test results of the patients who are admitted at the medical college are getting delayed. Authorities stated that by setting up a new machine, up to 400 tests can be done within 45 minutes.