Panaji, March 25 | The Goa government has tied up with Pune-based MyLab to obtain COVID-19 testing kits, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Wednesday.
“We have tied up with Pune based MyLab, the first Indian company to get the #COVID-19 test kit validated by the National Institute of Virology. The test result time for the kit is two-and-a-half hours from the time the sample is taken. @PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA @NITIAayog @drharshvardhan,” Rane tweeted.
In absence of a single virology laboratory in the state, Goa has been testing its suspect COVID-19 samples at virology labs in Pune and Mumbai. The availability of testing kits in Goa would help speed up the time taken for testing samples of suspected patients, which currently takes two to three days, on account of the sample being sent to the neighbouring state of Maharashtra for examination.
On Thursday, a team of medical technicians from Goa left for Pune to train at the National Institute of Virology in the methods related to drawing samples of suspect coronavirus patients and testing them.
Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.
Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”