Punjab to set up 4 new Covid Testing Labs

Chandigarh, June 22, 2020: To strengthen its
fight against Covid, the Punjab
government has decided to set up
four new testing laboratories, with
priority appointment of the 131
essential staff needed for these
labs.
The Cabinet also cleared the proposal
of Medical Education &
Research Department to create and
fill up four posts of Assistant Professor
(Microbiology) on adhoc
basis in these four viral testing laboratories.
The state cabinet, at its meeting
today under Chief Minister Captain
Amarinder Singh, gave the goahead
to setting up the new labs in
Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Mohali,
to help scale up the testing capacity
from the current 9000 a day, in
the three Government Medical Colleges
at Patiala, Amritsar and
Faridkot, to 13000 tests per day.
The new laboratories would be
established in Guru Angad Dev
Veterinary and Animal Sciences
University, Ludhiana; Punjab State
Forensic Sciences Laboratory,
Mohali; Northern Regional Diseases
Diagnostic Laboratory,
Jalandhar and Punjab Biotechnology
Incubator, Mohali.
All the appointments will be
made through outsourcing from
Baba Farid University of Health
Sciences, Faridkot, said an official
spokesperson.
The expenditure of Rs 17.46 lakh
per month to be incurred against
the 131 staff appointments and Rs
3.06 lakh per month against the
ad-hoc Assistant Professor posts
would be met from the State Disaster
Response Fund.
The 131 staff positions positions
would include Research Scientists
(Non-Medical), Research Assistants,
Lab Technicians, Data Entry
Operators, Lab Attendants and
Sweepers.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also
given the nod to re-employment of
the medical, ayurvedic and dental
faculty at the Government Medical
Colleges and the Government Dental
Colleges in Patiala and Amritsar,
as well as the Government
Ayurvedic College, Patiala, after
their retirement at 62 years.
While re-employment will be up
to the age of 70 years for Medical/
Ayurvedic teachers, for the
Dental faculty, it will be till the age
of 65.
The step would be helpful in
meeting the scarcity of Medical,
Dental, Ayurvedic teaching faculty,
besides keeping the seats of PG
courses intact as per the norms of
Medical Council of India/Dental
Council of India and the Central
Council of Indian Medicine.

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