State-of-the-art Corona testing facility inaugurated in Punjab

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State-of-the-art Corona testing facility inaugurated in Punjab

Saturday, 23 May 2020 | PNS | Faridkot/Chandigarh

Punjab Cabinet Minister for Medical Research and Education OP Soni on Friday inaugurated country’s first state-of-the-art corona testing TB Liquid Culture and DST Biology Lab at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot.

Soni said that the Punjab Government was working extensively to prevent the spread of corona epidemic and accelerate sapling, testing, and treatment of patients.

The state-of-the-art labs have been set up at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, Government Medical College, Patiala and Amritsar to enhance the testing capacity of corona patients in the State.

In these labs, Covid -19 is tested with hi-tech machines and advanced techniques whereby staff working in these labs is safe and is at no risk of contracting the disease.

“With the setting up of these labs, daily corona testing capacity in the State would reach 9,000. One lab would have 3,000 tests. Earlier, 1500 tests were done in a day. Now Punjab would become the leading state in the country in terms of testing,” he said.

Earlier, samples for corona test had to be sent to Pune laboratory and it would take more than 14 days for their report to be received, said Soni adding that the report would now be received on the same day with the setting up of these labs.


“Beating Corona Virus from a century to naught is a commendable journey,” said Congress MP from Sri Anandpur Sahib Manish Tewari while felicitating Mohali Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan on steering the district towards corona-free status. Tewari enquired about the strategy adopted in the district to propel out of the quagmire of Covid-19. He suggested Dayalan to share best practices with his counterparts in other districts so that recovery rate in the State may accelerate.

Tewari also gave Rs 25 lakh to the district to carry on combat against Covid-19 and was informed that the amount would be utilized for acquiring an Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance for the district.

Vociferously raising the concerns of frontline warriors, Deputy Commissioner said that they are feeling overwhelmed, not only are they under enormous strain at work but also face the fear of bringing virus home to their families.  Pitching the need to ally their apprehensions, Dayalan said that it was necessary work out a way to boost their morale and reward their efforts for sustained performance in times of crisis.


Expressing grave concern over deteriorating law and order situation in the State, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Punjab unit on Friday urged the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to provide security cover to the elected panches, sarpanches and samiti members across the State.

“Not only the public at large is feeling insecure, but also the elected representatives of panchayats, and others who are facing constant threats to their lives,” said party’s chief spokesperson and MLA Prof Baljinder Kaur.

She said that a large number of panches and sarpanches in the State were subjected to live under the shadow of fear and terror, leaving them with no obvious options but to reach out to the Chief Minister and the Leader of Opposition (LoP), raising their genuine safety concerns.

Kaue pointed that a number of gram panchayats in Patiala district, SAS Nagar (Mohali) district, among many others have expressed serious concern over brutal murder of sarpanches in Patiala and Amritsar district and attacks orchestrated on elected Panchayat representatives during the lockdown.


Punjab Government has given its nod to ply the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses, on its existing routes within the two municipal limits of Mohali — Zirakpur and Kharar. Mohali Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said that the buses for the secretariat employees would, however, be run by the State Government and its undertaking.

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