More than three weeks after it introduced utilizing laboratory amenities of state, non-public and central universities for RT-PCR testing, the Gujarat authorities has failed to begin the identical in over 65 per cent of the shortlisted universities until date, regardless of reminders from the Gujarat High Court.
Citing lack of infrastructure, machines, certified and skilled workers, solely 9 out of 26 universities have been ready to begin Covid testing of their laboratories following the state authorities order on April 18. Seventeen universities are yet to begin the method.
Among these 17 universities, Anand Agricultural University, Uka Tarsadia University, Bardoli, Ahmedabad University, Kamdhenu University, Gandhinagar and Central University of Gujarat don’t even have an RT-PCR machine.
Work is in progress in 5 universities — (*17*) University Rajkot, Nirma University Ahmedabad, Charusat University Changa, Gujarat State Fertilisers and (*26*) (GSFC) University and MS University, Vadodara — for upgrading infrastructure, high quality management and coaching of its workers. In seven different universities, the federal government has allowed to shift their testing machines to the closest testing facility.
Speaking to these universities has revealed that although the state authorities claims that these universities would begin testing quickly, it is not going to materialise anytime quickly. This raises questions on the choice of these institutes and displays the failure in doing a floor examine earlier than declaring the listing of institutes.
Most of the universities cited that they don’t have machines or skilled workers, whereas others cited worry amongst college students and workers to work in testing labs.
“We shouldn’t have the machine so how can we begin testing? We have to create a brand new arrange proper from machines to workers which isn’t doable presently on such a brief discover,” a senior school member of Anand Agricultural University advised The Indian Express.
None of the 2 labs of the college — division of animal biotechnology and division of agricultural biotechnology — shortlisted by the state authorities has began the testing facility. While one doesn’t have the machine the opposite has assured to shift its machine to the closest testing facility.
Kamdhenu University in Gandhinagar and Central University of Gujarat in Gandhinagar have declined to begin RT-PCR testing at its labs. “Being a transit campus, we shouldn’t have the infrastructure and machines,” Dean of Student Welfare at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar Prof HB Patel advised this paper.
The state authorities had introduced two labs of MS University in Vadodara to begin testing, whereas just one of these labs has an RT-PCR machine.
“The microbiology and biotechnology lab has the machine and never the biochemistry lab. Though the work is underneath course of, manpower is one other situation. We have to organize rooms as per bio-safety issues with required medical devices, that are troublesome to organize. We are usually not even ready to organize air conditioners for these extra rooms in all today since now we have to observe a set process for procurement,” Prof G Archana, head of division of Microbiology and Biotechnology Centre, advised The Indian Express.
The University authorities additionally claimed that they’d provided their accessible machine to the closest authorities testing centre however was declined as “machine was not a limitation” on the centre.
“Since we’re not diagnostic however college labs, the accessible lab technicians are usually not even graduates however merely assist in the functioning of the lab. We can solely request our college students to volunteer. Most of them have returned to their native locations and solely native college students can be found in the mean time who reside with their households. So there may be worry of getting contaminated,” she mentioned including that college students are discovering it troublesome to get a minimum of one dose of Covid vaccine.
Among the 9 universities which have began testing, the Gujarat Technological University (GTU) Ahmedabad has been already conducting RT-PCR testing at its lab since February and Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre, Gandhinagar (GBRC) has been conducting the check for nearly a yr now.
Health Commissioner Jai Prakash Shivahare couldn’t be contacted regardless of repeated makes an attempt. Shivahare had issued an order on May 3 underneath the Epidemic Diseases Act 1987 to all municipal commissioners and district collectors directing them to guarantee RTPCR testing is commenced in these universities.
Universities that began RT-PCR testing
*Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
*Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar
*National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Ahmedabad
*Gujarat Technological University Ahmedabad
*Sardar Patel University, Anand
*Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat
*Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
*Suman Deep Vidhyapith Vadodara
*Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre, Gandhinagar