Addu City, Maldives – PCR machine used to test for Covid-19 is now operational in Addu City.
Sharaf Saadhaath, who manages Addu Equatorial Hospital in Addu City disclosed that a new PCR machine has been brought from Male’ and currently they are working on assembling the necessary parts of the machine.
He also told that testing of the first samples from the BioFire machine has also begun today and the results for these samples will be available by tomorrow.
With the new PCR machine the hospital will be able to test 100 samples per day and the hospital management told that lab technologists in the hospital have been specially trained to operate this machine. At present, Addu is testing for Covid-19 through a BioFire machine that can test 24 samples per day.
The new machine has been brought to Addu City after NEOC revealed on 14th June that PCR machines will be installed in both northern and southern parts of the country within 10 days after which 100-150 samples can be processed daily.
Health Protection Agency (HPA) of Maldives confirmed 2,150 cases in Maldives up to date. While 1,769 cases have recovered from the disease, 8 have passed away. The total number of active cases in Maldives is now 371.