Appropriate classification of the virus was essential in controlling diseases, said East Godavari Collector Kartikeya Mishra.
The Collector made this remark while introducing a Virus Research and Diagnostic laboratory established at the Microbiology department of Rangaraya Medical College in Kakinada Government General Hospital on Saturday evening.
Speaking on this event, Collector said that this laboratory has been established at the initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for regulating diseases by improving the capacity for identification of novel and unknown virus and other organisms emerging and to improve diagnostic kits.
The Collector also said that this lab will begin analysis for identification of developing and genetically active agents, in addition, to give training to health professionals.
Kartikeya Mishra that this medical college laboratory will include a cluster of 3 to 4 surrounding districts and they will carry out the initial investigation and screening in the peripheral areas of an outbreak of diseases.
This lab is furnished with the necessary staff to carry out and diagnose the viruses and to carry out research, the Collector added.
R Mahalakshmi, Principal, Rangaraya Medical College said that this laboratory has been set by the Department of Health Research and will work under the overall guidance of apex institutions like National Institute of Virology, Pune, NCDC.
Dr K Babji, Director of Medical Education, Dr M Raghavendra Rao, Superintendent, KGGH, Dr KRN Surya Kiran, HOD Microbiology dept, Dr Satya Susheela, RMO and others were present on the event.