Work underway to make genome sequencing lab functional at GMC Jammu

Tawi, Jan 03: Amid the rise in Covid-19 cases globally,
preparations are going on to make genome sequencing lab
functional at Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu.
A top official told news agency— News Observer
(KNO) that genome sequencing lab will be ready soon.
He said that all positive samples will undergo genome
sequencing so as to check out possible new variants.
As of now J&K has no whole genome sequencing lab due to
which tests were being sent to NCDC Delhi from where reports
were coming very late.
Following the second wave of Covid-19 J&K, the government had
planned to set up two genome sequencing labs one each in
Srinagar and Jammu.
But they couldn't be set up until now.
News agency KNO had carried a series of stories about the need
of genome sequencing labs in J&K which are very few in entire
Earlier, officials at GMC Srinagar claimed that they are going to
make genome sequencing lab functional within a week's time.
Meanwhile doctors from different hospitals said that as of now
there is no upward trend of Covid-19 cases in J&K.
They, however, advised people to take precautions and go for
vaccination and booster doses—(KNO)