GMC Denies Reports Of Test Kits Shortage

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday denied media reports that a consignment of test kits from ICMR meant for Srinagar were diverted to Jammu.

Principal GMC Dr Samia Rashid said today that the testing kit consignment was first delivered in Jammu and the next day it was received in Srinagar, an official spokesperson said. She said there was no interruption in testing process because of any shortage of testing kits.

“We have two testing centres in the valley, one at GMC Srinagar and another at SKIMS. The third testing centre is being established at Jhelum Valley Medical College, Bemina, shortly,” Principal GMC said.

According to the official spokesperson, the doctors at SKIMS have also confirmed that they were not facing any shortage of test kits and have ramped up number the to 1000 tests per day.

The statement also clarified that it was because of the persuasion of Divisional Officer, NHM, Dr Jitender Mehta that an engineer from Delhi for COVID testing Labs stayed in Valley for five days instead of two.

“The engineer and calibrated 10 PCR machines with which the testing capacity has increased from around 200 to more than 800 tests per day. Dr. Jitender Mehta had no role in the procurement process,” the statement said.

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