Odisha Targets To Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity To 3000 Per Day By April End

Bhubaneswar: With increase in number of Covid-19 cases in the State, the Odisha Government has decided to conduct 3,000 tests per day by the end of April.
The announcement was made by the Panchayati Raj and Housing and Urban Rural Development Minister Pratap Jena today after an inter-ministerial meeting held via video conference.
The minister further stated that arrangements are being made for testing labs in four new medical colleges–which includes Bolangir, Balasore, Baripada and Koraput and at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) in Bhubaneswar.
This apart, it has been decided to increase the testing capacity at Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) to 450 per day, the Minister added.
“Since the West Bengal border is too long, it is not possible to seal it completely. A Gram Panchayat level committee headed by Sarpanch with five members will be formed to keep track on people returning from other states. Panchayat Secretary, teachers and GRS will be there in the committee. The panel will also look after the temporary isolation centres,” informed the Minister.

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