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Residents of J&K benefit as Kashmir gets its first NAT-PCR facility Kashmir
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Residents of J&K benefit as Kashmir gets its first NAT-PCR facility

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 Sep 2020, 08:08 pm

Srinagar: The Centre has added one more crown to the medical facilities present in Jammu and Kashmir by adding the Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT-PCR) in Srinagar's Government Medical College (GMC).

Atal Dulloo, financial commissioner of the Health and Medical Education Department at GMC inaugurated the facility in August for safer quality blood transfusion funded under the National Health Mission, reports ANI.

According to Dr. Shazia, Associate Professor and in-charge of NAT-PCR here, the blood transfusion facility will help in the early detection of infections like HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C in a short period of time, reports ANI.

“The biggest advantage of having this technology is that the window period between taking the test and receiving the results has drastically reduced. HIV testing which used to take 21 days with the previous facility, now takes only 2.93 days. Hepatitis B used to take 40 days and now takes only 10 days, and Hepatitis C, which used to take 60 days now takes just 1.34 days,” Shazia told ANI.

“We follow guidelines that are prescribed in international testing facilities. We are very glad to have one facility here in Kashmir in GMC,” she concluded.