The installation of some laboratories is expected to be completed this year.according to the newspaper NotíciasThe information was shared yesterday in Maputo by the director-general of INS, Ileshi Jani , when it received three real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines, five reagents and 6500 RT-PCR reaction kits for Covid-19 testing, destined for the provinces of Inhambane, Sofala and Zambézia. , budgeted at US$150,000 (9.3 million meticais), was offered by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the support of the Swiss Embassy. Ileshi Jani revealed that the process of setting up the laboratories began last year, with the installation in Pemba, Nampula and Beira, and the objective is that, in the medium term, all provinces have a public health laboratory with the capacity to diagnose Covid-19. “We, in addition to thinking about this pandemic, are (also) concerned about readiness the country in responding to other epidemic diseases and other possible pandemics. The technology we have been installing allows us to diagnose other viral and bacterial diseases, such as the flu caused by the influenza virus, infections that cause meningitis, among others,” he said. The director general of the INS revealed that the equipment received yesterday it will not only increase the capacity for diagnosing the new coronavirus, but also reduce the time it takes to deliver results. He recalled that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over, not only in the country but in the world, taking into account the experiences of others. continents, as well as Namibia, Zambia and South Africa, which are facing the third wave of infections. The WHO representative in Mozambique, Joaquim Saweca, indicated that, with the three PCR machines, the INS now has five pieces of equipment, increasing its capacity to test around 1500 samples daily. In turn, the head of Cooperation at the Swiss Embassy, ​​reiterated her country’s availability, in coordination with the WHO, in Mozambique in the area of ​​health.

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