Atal Dulloo inaugurates NAT-PCR at GMC, Srinagar

Blood donations screened with this world class technology will reduce risk of infection significantly

SRINAGAR: Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo, today inaugurated State-of-Art Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT-PCR) facility at Government Medical College Srinagar for safer quality blood transfusion funded under National Health Mission in the UT.
Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K, Bhupinder Kumar, Principal Govt. Medical College, Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid, Head of Department Blood & Transfusion Medicine GMC, Srinagar, Dr. Rubi Reshi State Nodal Officer, NHM, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Koka, were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Atal Dulloo said that with the implementation of Nobel Prize winning NAT-PCR technology, the Blood Transfusion safety in the UT will now be of International standards. This facility shall help in early detection of transfusion transmission infections like HIV, Hepatits “B” and Hepatitis “C” Virus. He said that, NAT testing facility has been funded by National Health Mission and all the blood donations in three major tertiary care hospitals viz; SMHS, Lal Ded, Bone & Joint Hospital shall be screened, he added.


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