This Saturday, the laboratories will be officially opened in the provinces of Las Tunas and Granma, in the eastern territory, according to Dr. Francisco Durán, National Director of Epidemiology.
These are institutions equipped with high level technology, qualified personnel trained by specialists from the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) in Havana, for real-time processing of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests.
Since 2020, a total of 3,235,144 samples have been analyzed in this country and 85,572 cases have been confirmed with the virus.
Dr. Maria Guadalupe Guzman, head of the IPK Research, Diagnostic and Reference Center, has reported on several occasions that diagnostics in this country for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 began on February 14, 2020 at that institution with the analysis of less than 100 samples.
At present, the largest of the Antilles has 26 laboratories and more than 20 thousand PCRs are analyzed every day.
At the beginning of this situation, the IPK had molecular diagnostics, i.e. the technology required for an agent like this, and then laboratories from the provinces of Havana, Villa Clara and Santiago de Cuba were incorporated.
We are not talking about simple technologies, it has been necessary to introduce technologies, train personnel and undertake in real time’, highlighted Dr. Guzman.
She also pointed out that the country already has this network, infrastructure, equipment and trained personnel for other studies in the future.
(Taken from PL)