REGIONAL COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC REAGENT DEPOT
The regional COVID-19 depot has been made operational for 24x7 since last week of April 2020 to keep stock of the COVID-19 testing kits/reagents supplied by ICMR and State Health Department and ensure timely delivery to 13 different SARS-COV-2 testing laboratories across Odishaand 4 diagnostic centres functioning in Chhatisgarh. All testing laboratories are either Government Medical College or Research Laboratories.
The testing kits/reagents transported from central deport of ICMR functioning at NIMR, New Delhi, NICED, Kolkata and NIV, Pune and OSMCL (state health department) are kept in the regional depot maintaining appropriate temperature. The deport located at RMRC, Bhubaneswar thus received the RT-PCR kits, RNA extraction kits, VTM and Rapid Antigen test kits from ICMR and OSMCL made all necessary arrangements for priority transportation maintaining proper cold chain to the concerned testing laboratoriesas per their requirements. In addition, the depot is providing technical support to all the laboratories from time to time for quality assurance in diagnosis of SARS-COV-2.
So far 6.70,000 samples have been tested in all testing centres working under the depot. The detail report (number of tests performed and stock inventory) has been communicated on daily basis to ICMR for necessary action.
ICMR-RMRC, Bhubaneswar has been designated as the depot for RT-PCR kits, RNA extraction and Viral transport medium for the states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh since 22nd April, 2020.It works as distribution hub of COVID-19 testing kits to the following medical Colleges/ Hospitals/ testing laboratories of Odisha and Chhattisgarh.