The medical college at present performs antibody tests in its blood bank through a basic testing kit. The 300 kg machine worth crores was installed on Saturday in the virology laboratory of the medical college by a memorandum of understanding through a private company.
With this the medical college will not require to send samples to the National Centre for Disease Control for testing. MGMMC Dean Dr Sanjay Dixit said, “The installation of the machine is going on and would be completed by late night. On Sunday the calibration of the machine will be carried out and post this the testing of samples of kids collected under sero-survey will begin.”
The NCDC also sent the clia kits for testing of the samples, which will be received by Sunday morning, said Dr Dixit. The testing of samples will be done in the next week, added Dr Dixit.
The medical college authorities in a first of its kind collected around 2003 samples of kids aged below the age of 18 from 25 wards of the district under sero-survey to know the prevalence of Covid-19 infection in them.
Meanwhile, the district reported a decline in areas with new infections of Covid-19 pandemic in the last 24 hours, showed a daily area-wise analysis.
The list suggested that the number of areas with new infections of Covid-19 pandemic dipped to one on Saturday from two on Friday with simultaneous dip in daily infections.