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RSP’s Ispat General Hospital sets up a COVID-19 testing lab

All the major equipment for the testing facility has been provided by the government of Odisha while the infrastructure has been provided by RSP

Rourkela: Exhibiting once again its commitment to provide the best of health care facilities to its stakeholders, Ispat General Hospital of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) has set up a Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing lab. The Lab is rendering service to the entire region as it is the only Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Lab in the district. Notably, RSP is the first plant in SAIL to set up such a Lab in its hospital. All the major equipment for the testing facility has been provided by the government of Odisha while the infrastructure has been provided by RSP. The sample testing has commenced in the Centre from April 15. A team from IGH is carrying out the sample testing since the commencement of the facility. Keeping in view the increasing number of samples the district administration is also providing manpower for this purpose.

As it is well known that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease, the team from IGH  carrying out the testing have gone through intensive training at RMRC, Bhubaneswar and AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. Rendering a heroic service, the team comprising Dr Rajiv Kumar Seth, Specialist (Microbiology), IGH, Banamali Mohanty, Senior Technician, IGH, Dr Praveen Sahu of Institute of Life Sciences, that is functioning in IGH and Gautam Patel, deputed by the government of Odisha and Akshya Kumar Mohanty, Molecular biology technologist, working voluntarily in IGH are testing the samples taking utmost precaution and care. They are being guided by Dr SS Pati, Director (Medical and Health Services) of RSP who himself is a well-known figure in the country in the field of Bio-Chemistry. At present Dr Rajiv and Mohanty are also training more number of Technicians of IGH in conducting the testing.