10 More Hospitals gets Approval to Conduct PCR

Dr. Saman Ratnayake, Deputy Director General of Research and Training, Ministry of Health, said that approval has been granted to five new government hospitals and five new private hospitals to conduct PCR tests to increase the number of PCR tests currently being conducted.

Currently there is facilities to conduct between 13,000 and 14,000 PCR tests per day and it is planned to raise the limit to 20,000 in the future, he said.

He says all 10 hospitals which were given approval will join the PCR testing in the near future.

In the meantime, about 100,000 Rapid Antigen test kits have been distributed among hospitals and hospital authorities will be deciding whether to conduct the tests on patients, Dr. Ratnayake said.

The second batch of Rapid Antigen Test Kits has been received on the recommendation of the World Health Organization and will be distributed among hospitals in the future, he added.


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