Changed system in UP on the guidelines of the central government, samples will be sent to NBRI and CDRI first for genome sequencing
In Uttar Pradesh, now for genome sequencing, the first samples will be sent to the labs of National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI). In order to detect the Omicron variant of Corona, the Central Government has directed to be done in 28 national level labs of the Indian SARS Cove-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACAG). In such a situation, now samples will be sent here for testing people coming from countries affected by Omicron variant including South Africa, Botswana and China. Genome sequencing has been done here during the second wave of Corona.
According to Dr. Vedbrata Singh, Director General of Medical and Health, the consortium includes labs of NBRI and CDRI in UP. In such a situation, now instructions have been issued to send samples to these two labs for genome sequencing of people coming from abroad. Till now samples were being sent to KGMU and Sanjay Gandhi PGI for investigation. All are also being investigated, but further investigation will be done in these two labs.
On the other hand, KGMU, Sanjay Gandhi PGI, Meerut Medical College, Gorakhpur Medical College and Jhansi Medical College, BHU IMS, Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences and Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi will also be kept ready for genome sequencing. If the number of patients increases further, samples will also be sent to these labs.
Speed up the formation of RRTs: At the same time, even if the corona test of citizens coming from abroad comes negative, they have been instructed to remain in home quarantine for seven days. The health reports of these people coming from abroad and their families will be taken with the help of Integrated Kovid Command Center. Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) are being formed in all the districts. One team will monitor at least 10 houses. This includes specialist doctors and paramedical staff. If symptoms of corona are found in these people, sample will be taken with the help of RRT.