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Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauds Centre for battle against COVID-19


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India is in a much better position than other countries in the fight against COVID-19. The prime minister asserted that it is the result of the government’s “right decisions taken at the right time”.

PM Modi said the country has been also able to expand its health infrastructure amid the coronavirus pandemic. He was speaking during the virtual inauguration of the COVID-19 testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata.

The prime minister said India has come to a point where there is no lack of awareness. He said its scientific data is expanding and resources are also increasing.

India’s COVID-19 deaths lower than many countries

PM Modi said deaths due to COVID-19 in India are much lower than many other countries. He said it is because of the timely decisions of the government.

The PM also spoke about the rapid development in health infrastructure from testing laboratories to personal protective equipment.

He said India had only one testing centre for COVID-19 in January. The PM said the figure has now surged to 1,300 laboratories operating across the country.

New testing facilities to help states

The new testing facilities will give West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh more strength to fight COVID-19, PM Modi said.

The three high-tech testing facilities have been set up strategically at ICMR institutions. The institutions include the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research in Noida and the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health in Mumbai. It also includes the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases in Kolkata.

New facilities can test 10,000 samples daily

The new testing facilities will be able to test over 10,000 samples in a day, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office read.

These labs will also reduce the turnaround time and exposure of lab personnel to infectious clinical materials.

The labs are enabled to test diseases other than COVID-19 as well. After the pandemic, these labs will be able to carry out tests for Hepatitis B and C, HIV, mycobacterium tuberculosis, cytomegalovirus, chlamydia, neisseria and dengue.


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