GMC Srinagar, Jammu Now Own COBAS-6800 Machines

SRINAGAR: The Government Medical Colleges in Srinagar and Jammu formally started installing COBAS 6800 machines today. This machine was earlier with SKIMS only though both GMCs were using other available systems to manage the Covid19 diagnosis.

Health Commissioner, Atal Dulloo inaugurating COBAS 6800 at GMC Jammu on June 1, 2021. Pic: DIPR JK

Both the GMC’s had acquired RTPCR machines in March 2020 and the addition will help them improve the number of tests on a daily basis.

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The appliance, installed at a cost of Rs 3.72 crore each, an official spokesman said will significantly enhance the testing capacity by performing the test on around 1200 additional samples in 24 hours.

The machine is a state of art machine requiring minimal human intervention, can perform real-time PCR testing, the gold standard test to detect the presence of novel Coronavirus.

The COBAS 6800 can also be utilized to detect other pathogens like Viral Hepatitis B and C, HIV, MTb, Papilloma, CMV, Chlamydia, Neisseria or other novel agents. It has the capacity to test for identifying diverse infections simultaneously.

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It is a completely mechanized, high-end machine for performing Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests in Real-Time for Covid-19. It is a sophisticated machine enabled with robotics that minimizes the chance of contamination as well as the risk of infection to the health care workers. The completely robotized COBAS 6800 frameworks does not need arranging or clustering of tests, reagent readiness, or manual set-up of runs.

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