Hyderabad: The Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) on Friday became the first hospital in South India to install and operationalise Cobas 8800 RT-PCR diagnostic equipment that can conduct close to 3,000 Covid-19 tests in a day.
The Cobas-8800 along with a high-end Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, in which it has been established, was inaugurated by Health Minister Eatala Rajender here on Friday. The State government has invested close to Rs 6 crore to set-up the high-end lab at NIMS.
Manufactured by Roche Diagnostics, the Cobas 8800 is capable of improving operating efficiency, flexibility and fastest time-to-results with the highest throughput providing first 96 results in about 3.5 hours and thereafter 96 samples every 30 minutes totalling up to 960 results in eight hours.
“Apart from Covid-19 diagnostics, the laboratory will play a vital role in conducting complicated diagnostic tests needed to take up liver, kidney and heart transplants. Non-Covid health care facilities and transplant facilities will be revived in another 15 days at NIMS,” Rajender said.
The services that will be available at the Molecular Diagnostic Lab include RT-PCR tests, advanced microscopy, Flow Cytometry tests, apheresis machine systems, DNA sequencing machines, ElISA readers, cell culture labs etc.
“Chief Minister, K Chandrashekhar Rao has given clear directions to pull out all stops and ensure all possible treatment facilities are made available to Covid-19 patients. Due to his encouragement, we have been able to spend close to Rs.6 crore just to establish this laboratory. We will very soon start construction of the outpatient block for NIMS and also coming up with a plan to enhance salaries of Class IV employees in government hospitals,” Rajender said.
Roche Diagnostics MD, India and neighbouring markets, Dr. Shravan Subramanyam said the Cobas 8800 will address almost all of the challenges faced by laboratories in times of pandemics and beyond. “They are known for reduced turnaround time, maintaining testing efficiency and improved productivity of lab personnel on account of automation,” he said.
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