Hubballi: Because the Covid virus frequently mutates, it is necessary to establish a genome sequencing lab in this part of Karnataka, as health experts still don’t know how many Covid waves would hit the world, and it is necessary to test nasopharyngeal swabs for genetic mutation in order to take all precautionary measures based on the virus’s behaviour.
Many hospitals in this region, notably the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), are currently sending samples to Bengaluru for genome sequencing. As a result, the report arrives late, and the actions that must be taken quickly are hampered as a result of the delay.
Dr. Ramalingappa Antartani, Director of KIMS, stated that he had previously communicated KIMS’ willingness to test the genome sequence to the Secretary of Health. We are willing to test the virus’s genomic sequence if we are given the necessary equipment. We have a lab and the necessary personnel to do the testing. “All we need is the government’s approval and the equipment needed to test the samples,” he explained.
According to experts, 5% of positive samples tested by public or private laboratories should be sent to regional genome sequencing facilities for strain or variant identification. Currently, the Dharwad district alone conducts 5,000 tests each day.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai admitted in Hubballi that Bengaluru labs are under pressure from genetic sequencing testing as samples from around the state arrive for examination. He also saw the need to construct such labs in various regions to relieve the pressure on the labs in Bengaluru, and the extra labs will improve the rate of results delivery, he told the media.