Hyderabad: In its attempt to decentralise the sample testing for Covid-19 diagnosis and reduce the backlog of samples at various government laboratories in and around Hyderabad, Director of Public Health and Family Welfare has identified seven additional testing centres in districts.
The Covid-19 testing will now also be taken up in government hospitals at Nizamabad, Gadwal, Kothagudem, Karimnagar, Suryapet, Asifabad and Medak, which will reduce the logistical challenges of rushing the swab samples of suspected patients to government laboratories in areas under GHMC.
The CBNAAT testing machines, used to diagnose TB, will be utilised to diagnose Covid-19 in these districts. The samples from Nizamabad, Kamareddy and Nirmal will now be tested at Government General Hospital in Nizamabad while samples from Gadwal, Mahabubnagar, Narayanpet, Wanaparthy and Nagarkurnool will be tested at District Hospital in Gadwal.
Samples from Khammam and Bhadrachalam will be tested in Area Hospital, Kothagudem and those from Karimnagar, Sircilla, Jagtiyal and Peddapally at District Hospital in Karimnagar.
The District Hospital in Suryapet will receive swab samples from suspected patients from Suryapet, Nalgonda and Yadadri while District Hospital in Asifabad will receive samples from Asifabad. The samples from Medak, Siddipet and Sangareddy will be taken to District Hospital, Medak.
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