VNSGU’s Biotech department to carry out genome sequencing to trace delta plus variant in Surat.

Melvyn Reggie Thomas/TBT News Service

Surat : After Gandhinagar, Surat will become the second city in Gujarat to carry out ‘genome sequencing’ testing to contain the spread of the new Covid variant (Delta Plus), considered as more lethal and transmissible.

The Gujarat Government has given the approval for carrying out genome sequencing testing at the biotech department of the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University in coordination with the Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC), Gandhinagar.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has claimed the delta variant of coronavirus is spreading its tentacles rapidly across the world. The international health organization has warned all the countries that the delta variant has reached 104 countries and may dominate the world soon.

Sources said GBRC at Gandhinagar is flooded with the sample testing for genome sequencing and that there is a long delay in issuing the testing reports. However, there was a need to intensify the testing facilities to blunt the mutated variant.

After the first case of delta plus variant was detected from Surat, municipal commissioner, Banchhanidhi Pani had urged the State Government’s health department for setting up the genome sequencing testing facility at Surat. The government agreed to the demand and decided to set-up genome sequencing testing centre at VNSGU’s Biotech department.

Sources in the VNSGU said the experts from the microbiology department had taken samples from 11 sewage pumping stations across the city. After the sample testing, the experts did not found the presence of coronavirus.

Dr Praveen Dudhagara of microbiology department said, “We will be collecting samples from all the sewage pumping centers on every Monday. The samples will be tested for the presence of coronavirus. This will give us a better understanding on the mutation ‘

Despite the fact that the coronavirus cases has gone down considerably in the diamond city, the SMC’s health department has continued the triple-T strategy (testing, tracing and treatment). Door-to-door health survey is being conducted on regular basis.

The civic body is gearing up for a possible third Covid wave and that the health department has been asked to expedite setting up of pediatric and neo-natal ICUs in keeping with the warning that children could be more vulnerable.