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Central institutes not helping in testing: Ravneet Bittu

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 21

Congress MP from Ludhiana Ravneet Bittu has said that various Central Government health and research institutes in Chandigarh and Punjab were not fully supporting the state government in Covid-19 testing.

Raising the issue in a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs on 'Management of Covid-19 pandemic and related issues', Bittu, one of the committee members, said the PGIMER, Chandigarh, was only testing around 500 samples a day, which included just 60-100 samples from Punjab, whereas it should be enabled to test at least 3,000 samples a day. Similarly, IMTECH, functioning under the CSIR, should be encouraged to test at least 3,000 samples a day.

"While Punjab is home to institutions of eminence, such as NIPER, IISER, NABI, etc, it has not been able to get their support in testing because these institutions have not received Central Government's support in ramping up their capacity," the MP said. The Chief Minister had even requested the Prime Minister to set up an Advanced Centre of Virology at New Chandigarh in Punjab, he added.



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