All medical colleges to have COVID 19 Diagnostics says MCI; issues guidelines
New Delhi: The Board of Governors in supersession of Medical Council of India (MCI BoG) has directed all the medical colleges to prepare for COVID 19 (coronavirus) testing facilities and in regard to the same the authority has issued a set of guidelines for the institutes.
The direction to effect has been issued by the MCI BoG's Secretary-General Dr RK Vats ordering all the government and private medical colleges and deemed universities to set up labs to investigate COVID-19 cases as per Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had earlier ordered that all Government and Private Medical Colleges are required to have the capacity for COVID 19 Testing.
The Indian Council of Medical Research has also designated 13 Medical institutions to be the Mentor institutions for facilitating the establishment of COVID-19 Testing facilities in the respective States.
All the following details for the concerned medical institutions are attached in the link below:
Please find attached herewith the following for urgent action:-
Letter dated 10.04.2020 from Prof. Balram Bhargava, Secretary, Dept. of Health Research & DG, ICMR, Member, BoG, MCI and Prof. Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS and Member, BoG, MCI
List of Mentor institutes along with allocated States: Annexure 1
Terms of Reference of the mentor institutes: Annexure 2
Detailed Guidance on the requirement of infrastructure and consumables for real-time RT-PCR laboratory: Annexure 3
Suggestive List of good quality consumables: Annexure 4
List of Mentor institutes along with allocated States & Medical Colleges: Annexure 5
Existing COVID 19 Testing laboratories in Government & Private Medical Colleges: Annexure 6
The institutions have further been asked to do the needful at their ends expeditiously.
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