Indore: Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College authorities have completed the installation of a genome sequencing machine in its virology laboratory but the operation is yet to begin after two months after the arrival of its first part.
The medical college authorities are now waiting for a team from National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to train officials and staff of the virology lab to begin testing in the state government facility.
The authorities received the machine in two parts, the first on November 26 and the second this month. The installation was completed after that only. MGM dean Dr Sanjay dixit said, “The installation of the genome machine is complete, and we are waiting for training from the NCDC team, which will arrive by next week in the medical college lab.”
The medical college received the Rs 60 lakh machine with help from National Center of Disease Control (NCDC) for epidemiological surveillance of diseases.
The machine will help in identifying traits of different microorganisms- bacteria, viruses and others and their variants. The NCDC is helping in upgrading the virology laboratory of the medical college after it was declared as nodal center in Madhya Pradesh under an Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring program.
Dr Dixit further said, “The machine will become functional very soon after the training. After training the lab will begin testing of samples but the reports will be sent to NCDC for re-verification of reports. Once the NCDC will give green signals for reporting, the virology lab will begin independent testing.”