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Goa to set up genome sequencing labouratory  on January 15: Vishwajit Rane

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Panaji: The much-awaited genome sequencing device will be installed in the State-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Bambolim on January 15, State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said.

Rane told reporters on Friday that the genome sequencing facility would be installed on January 15, which will conduct the tests on COVID-19 samples for Omicron variant.

The minister said that the setting up of labouratory in Goa will save the samples from being sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune.

Rane said that the state government is handling the third wave of COVID-19 carefully. He said that free treatment is provided to the people, affected with the virus.

Although the number of COVID-19 patients has increased in recent days,  Rane maintained that the Health Department has been actively working to prevent further spread of the virus while also ensuring all the required facilities are in place.

“Goa ranks first in the vaccination, with only five per cent of the population left to take their second dose. Vaccination of students is also in full swing,” the minister added.

Speaking about the health infrastructure, Rane said that the health care projects worth Rs 100 crore have been set up in the state during last five years.

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