News from Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Ancient DNA BSL-2A Lab Can Start Corona Virus Test Immediately

Uttar Pradesh Sarkar & Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences now combating corona jointly

BSIP joins hands with Govt of UP to combat COVID 19 in the state

India 07 July 2020 The Government of India, along with the State Governments, has been relentlessly working for prevention, containment, and management of COVID-19. Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science & Technology (DST), joined hands with the Government of Uttar Pradesh to combat COVID-19 in the state. BSIP, as one of the five Central Government Research Institutes in Lucknow, took initial steps to start laboratory testing of COVID-19.

The availability of the Ancient DNA BSL-2A laboratory in the Institute itself made it possible to prepare for testing immediately.

BSIP received the first batch of suspected COVID samples to test on 2nd May 2020, from district Chandauli. Since then, the lab is running 24x7 to test approximately 400 samples per day from various districts of Uttar Pradesh, as decided by the nodal authorities.

Till date, more than 12,000 samples have been tested, out of which about 400+ samples have been reported positive for SARS-CoV-2. This is highly commendable on the part of the BSIP, more so due to only limited resources and manpower.

Led by the Director BSIP, Dr. Vandana Prasad, the BSIP has constituted a team of dedicated scientists for efficient functioning. Drs Anupam Sharma, Pawan Govil, Kamlesh Kumar, Shailesh Agarwal, Vivesh Veer Kapoor, Santosh Pandey, and Niraj Rai. Dr. Niraj Rai is in-charge of the COVID-19 testing lab, very ably supported by Dr. Anuj Kumar Tyagi (Microbiologist) from GMC, Kannauj, and Satya Prakash, Dr. Varun Sharma, Dr. Indu Sharma,  Nagarjuna P, Prashant, Harsh and Richa in analyzing and interpreting test results. 

Team BSIP is thus contributing significantly to the fighting against COVID-19 pandemic. The Lucknow cluster of Research Institutes has been placed at the second position at the All-India level in Covid-19 testing.

“RT-PCR testing of Coronavirus at BSIP is a shining example of re-purposing of available resources with exceptional speed and scale despite many constraints thanks to the shared purpose, commitment, determination, and grit,” said Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST.

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Photograph showing Temporary sample collection point, temporary corridor and testing lab

Earlier UP News: Health and Medical Education departments to make
special action plan for Ghaziabad and Gautambudh Nagar districts
Special teams of health officials should be
sent to Ghaziabad and Bulandshahr districts
Clear guidelines should be issued for government as
well as private hospitals to keep TruNAT machines functional
Covid testings should be increased to more
than 25,000 through RTPCR testing method
Covid testings should be ramped up by the use of
RTPCR method, TruNAT machines and Rapid Antigen test
Nominate a separate officer for monitoring
of health services in Medical Colleges
Set up Covid Help Desk in every hospital of the Health department
Make quarantine and screening facilities for
the travellers coming by international flights
Screening facilities should be set up at railway and bus stations
Ensure social distancing norms along with better sanitation in public places
Give extra attention to Food grain Distribution under normal
distribution and PM Poor Welfare Food Grain Scheme
Keep an eye over the movement of locusts
and ensure arrangements for control
Make effective steps to augment GST collection

Lucknow : 04 July, 2020 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Ji has directed the Health and
Medical Education departments to make special action plan for Ghaziabad and
Gautambudh Nagar districts. More efforts are required to contain Covid-19 and
improve health services in these two districts, he said while presiding over a highlevel Unlock review meeting here at his official residence on Saturday.

 He said that a team of health official should be sent to Ghaziabad district to camp there. This team should make efforts to improve the health services in the Covid
hospitals and provide best services to the Corona patients. He also directed to send
similar team to Bulandshahr district.
 

The CM said the clear guidelines should be issued for government as well as private hospitals to keep TruNAT machines functional. He said that the Covid testings should be ramped up to more than 25,000 through RTPCR testing method.

The CM said that the testings should be substantially increased by the use of RTPCR method,
TruNAT machines and Rapid Antigen test.
 He directed to maintain proper arrangements in the medical colleges and
ensure that senior doctors take regular rounds. He asked to nominate a separate
officer for monitoring of health services in the medical colleges. He also asked the
special secretary rank officers, sent to districts as nodal officers, to monitor
arrangements in the Covid hospitals.
 The Chief Minister further directed that the relatives of the patients admitted in
the Covid hospitals should be informed of the condition of the latter on a regular
basis. For this, the ward in-charge should make arrangement to inform on telephone.
He instructed to set up Covid Help Desk in every hospital of the Health department.
 The CM directed to make quarantine and screening facilities for the travellers
coming by international flights. Similarly, screening facilities should be set up at
railway and bus stations also. He asked to exercise all caution to control the spread of
infection. He also directed to pay proper attention to the training of
medical personnel for protection from medical infection. Also, the efforts to insulate
PAC battalions from the infection should be continued.
 The CM asked to ensure social distancing norms along with better sanitation in
public places. He said that door step delivery mechanism should be ensured in the
containment zones for supply of essentials. He said that special communicable
disease control campaign has been launched. All concerned departments should
coordinate to make it success.
 The Chief Minister asked to give extra attention to Food Grain distribution
under normal distribution and PM Poor Welfare Food grain Scheme and said that
while maintaining transparency in distribution, availability of food grain to the needy
must be ensured. He asked to keep an eye over the movement of locusts and ensure arrangements for control. He also emphasised to make effective steps to augment GST collection.
 

Those present in the meeting included the Chief Secretary Shri R.K.
Tiwari, Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri Alok Sinha, Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner Shri Alok Tandon, Additional Chief Secretary Home and Information Shri Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Director General of Police Shri Hitesh C. Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Shri Sanjeev Mittal, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue Mrs. Renuka Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary Health Shri Amit Mohan Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary Medical Education Shri Rajneesh Dubey, Additional Chief Secretary MSME Shri Navneet Sehgal, Additional Chief Secretary Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Shri Manoj Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture Shri Devesh Chaturvedi, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Shri S.P. Goyal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shri Sanjay Prasad, Secretary to Chief Minister Shri Alok Kumar, Director Information Shri Shishir and other senior officers.