International agency to fund Goa’s genome sequencing machine: Vishwajit Rane



Panaji: Goa will get genome sequencing machine free of cost under the international program dealing with the epidemic control, State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said.

Rane told reporters that the coastal state will have genome sequencing machine funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Reaching Impact, Saturation and Epidemic Control (RISE) program.

“Under this program, they (USAID) have decided to give us genome sequencing machine. It would be operationalised by mid-February (next year),” Rane said.

The minister said that the international agency will support Goa government for a year with their kits and other infrastructure.

“We have signed an agreement with them for two years on overall cooperation in the health sector,” he said adding that Goa will benefit with it by understanding what is happening in other states.

The agency will advice government on aspects like Oxygen management, critical care for paediatric and adults and others, the minister said.

Rane said that the agency has already tied up with other states, which will help Goa government to learn.



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