Matanzas, Oct 19.- A modern molecular biology laboratory in the Cuban province of Matanzas was inaugurated this Sunday, which will have the capacity to carry out up to a thousand daily polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.
The director of the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK). Manuel Romero, highlighted to the press the importance of the brand new institution for the Matanzas territory and other surrounding areas, as part of the confrontation with Covid-19.
The expert recalled that Matanzas will begin to receive tourists from abroad from next October 25, after the reopening of the famous and nearby Varadero spa.
"There are laboratories of this type since 1981 in Cuba, and within that network it was very important to strengthen with new technologies that at this time will serve to speed up the diagnosis of Covid-19 but after the pandemic we will continue other tests", Romero indicated.
He mentioned that in addition to Havana, the provinces of Villa Clara (center), Santiago de Cuba (east), and more recently those of Ciego de Ávila (center), Holguín (east), and now that of the western Matanzas.
"We are very satisfied with this opening at the Provincial Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology ( CPhem ) of Matanzas, a province with a large follow-up work in these tasks," said the main director of the IPK.
Yamilé García, Head of the laboratory located in an area of the Cphem , explained that the new construction has three premises, one that will process DNA; and another PCR area, where positive and negative cases will be determined.
García added that in the third unit the mixtures will be elaborated and, in addition, the reagents will be prepared to carry out the PCR, which according to estimates the unit will have the capacity to carry out a thousand of these investigations in one day.
Health officials pointed out that the technical staff of this agency, with a total of 28 specialists who worked 24-hour shifts, received training at the Pedro Kourí Institute. (Text and photo: PL)