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NKDA gets machine for free dengue tests

Elisa reader was installed for testing at New Town Health Centre at the Utility Building last Friday

Our Special Correspondent Salt Lake Published 02.07.21, 03:07 AM
A laboratory technician demonstrates the Elisa reader to NKDA chairman Debashis Sen and CEO Animesh Bhattacharya.

A laboratory technician demonstrates the Elisa reader to NKDA chairman Debashis Sen and CEO Animesh Bhattacharya. Sudeshna Banerjee

An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (Elisa) reader was installed for testing of dengue at New Town Health Centre at the Utility Building last Friday.

“We intensify our dengue clean-up drives in monsoon. Our door-to-door influenza-like-illness survey has begun with the onset of the rains. Since Aedes mosquitoes that transmit dengue breed in clear stagnant water, we are also creating awareness about not allowing water to stagnate on rooftops of people’s houses or at construction sites. We also monitor Metro Rail tracks using drones,” said NKDA chairman Debashis Sen after the inauguration of the machine on Friday. The first lot of reports were handed over on the day.

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The test samples will be collected from 10am to 12noon and reports will be given out the same day between 3pm and 5pm. “Emergencies will be attended to beyond this hour,” an official said. The test, which costs around Rs 1,200 in private laboratories, will be free here.

So long, samples for dengue detection in New Town were sent to Bidhannagar Subdivisional Hospital.

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