The An Giang Central General Hospital in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang has received approval to conduct tests for COVID-19 (Photo: bvag.com.vn) An Giang (VNA/VNS) – The Ministry of Health has permitted the An Giang Central General Hospital to conduct tests to diagnose COVID-19. The hospital’s molecular biology laboratory can do quick tests on blood samples and respiratory tract specimens using the real time-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technique to identify the virus. The technique reduces the time required to produce results, and saves the hospital the trouble of sending samples to the HCM City Pasteur Institute for testing. It takes less than three and a half hours, and the hospital can do 400 tests in a day. Knowing the importance of this technique for timely quarantining, the province People’s Committee instructed the hospital to instal a RT-PCR system. The system also helps diagnose hepatitis B and C and HIV. It was installed in the molecular biology laboratory and meets biosafety level 2, which covers work with pathogenic and infectious organisms that pose a moderate hazard. Self-closing lockable doors and bio-hazard warning signs are mandatory at all access points to the lab. There are four levels of… Read full this story
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