ICMR - National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad
COVID-19 Testing Lab
About the Lab
ICMR-National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad has been approved as government COVID-19 testing laboratory which is reporting to state officials and to ICMR, New Delhi. Real-Time PCR based technique is being used here for identification of SARS-CoV-2. This laboratory has been established in record time by placing all the existing infrastructural resources at one place in this public health emergency situation. Institutional COVID-19 response team headed by the director Dr. Kamalesh Sarkar has been formed. Dr. P. Sivaperumal, Scientist D has been appointed as the in-charge and coordinator of the laboratory. A team of dedicated scientist and trained technical and supporting staff has been placed for the smooth functioning of this diagnosis laboratory. The laboratory is functioning round the clock and on all days in the week (24*7).
In addition to this ICMR-NIOH has been given the responsibility to act as regional depot for the distribution of RNA isolation kits, RT-PCR reagents, Viral Transport Media (VTM) to various medical colleges and state government laboratory here in the entire Gujarat and two union territories viz. Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu. Dr. P. Sivaperumal, Scientist ‘D’ is actively looking after and coordinating with all the laboratories for the seamless supply of key regents for this diagnosis tests.