PUNJAB TO SET UP 4 MORE COVID TESTING LABS
131 employees to be hired to run these facilities; also approves filling of 300 ad hoc posts in medical education dept
CHANDIGARH : The Punjab cabinet on Monday approved setting up of four new Covid-19 laboratories in the state with a view to ramping up the daily testing capacity from the current 9,000 to 13,000.
Also, the cabinet in a meeting chaired by chief minister Amarinder Singh gave the go-ahead to recruit 131 employees to run these laboratories that will come up at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana; Punjab State Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Mohali; Northern Regional Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar; and Punjab Biotechnology Incubator, Mohali.
At present, viral research and diagnostic laboratories in three Government Medical Colleges at Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot are conducting coronavirus tests in the state. The cabinet also cleared the proposal of the medical education and research department to create and fill four posts of assistant professor (microbiology) on ad hoc basis in the new testing laboratories.
Besides, nod was given fill to 300 ad hoc posts in the medical education department, 100 each in the three government-run medical colleges to handle the critical Covid patients.
The cabinet also decided to fill all vacancies as per the regulations of the Veterinary Council of India (VCI) for the Veterinary College, Rampura Phul (Bathinda), to ensure its optimal functioning.
NEW CHEMICAL LAB IN JALANDHAR
To bring down the pendency of reports of viscera, blood alcohol, etc in the chemical examiner laboratory, Kharar, the cabinet accorded approval to establish a new chemical laboratory in Jalandhar, with creation of 21 posts involving annual financial liability of ₹42.31 lakh.
CM Amarinder Singh chairing the Punjab cabinet meeting in Chandigarh on Monday. HT PHOTO