Bhubaneswar:7/5/20: The NHM director Shalini Pandit said Odisha has achieved a milestone by crossing the cumulative 50,000 marks in testing COVID-19 samples.
Addressing media at Geeta Govinda Sadan here on Wednesday, Pandit said it is good news for all of us that for the first time we have crossed 50,000 COVID-19 tests.
The NHM director said there used to be one COVID-19 laboratory at RMRC Bhubaneswar where the only a test of 10 samples was conducted in a day.
She said a month ago it was 250 samples a day and 15 days back 1,000 COVID-19 tests in a day were possible.
Pandit said 1,155 samples were tested per 10 lakh population.
The number will increase in the coming days, she said and further pointed out that as compared to the national scenario, the state’s scenario is better.
The NHM director said 11 more laboratories will come up in the coming days at Berhampur, Bolangir, Koraput, Baripada, Balasore, Rayagada and Kalahandi.
She said she will first congratulate Odisha government for constituting a dedicated team to achieve the historic milestone of conducting 50,000 tests for coronavirus.
The RMRC director Dr. Sanghamitra Pati told the media that the role of laboratories in Odisha in this achievement is ‘significant’.
The RMRC too achieved the feat of crossing the 25,000 sample testing mark, Pati said.