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Sri Lanka’s Hemas Hospital starts automated negative pressure PCR testing lab

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Hemas Hospitals said it had commissioned an automated PCR testing laboratory in a negative pressure chamber which will boost the country’s testing capacity.

Hemas has singed a deal with Sri Lanka’s state health service.

“The timely initiative aims to address the current capacity issues and shortages that the healthcare community have been facing when attempting to secure COVID testing services,” Hemas Hospitals said in a statement.

“It caters to inpatients, outpatients, foreign travelers, tourists, and corporates including factories and offices.”

The facility was set up partnering with LOLC and the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC).

Hemas said there was an island-wide mobile sample collection service operated by a trained team.

The facility operates in a negative pressure environment and is automated for both sample extraction and identification with minimal human intervention to ensure non contamination, the hospital said. (Colombo/Mar06/2021)

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