Finally, the PCR Lab in Bali Began To Be Tested

The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) laboratory at the Wangaya General Hospital was being tested. This trial was carried out for a week.

During this time, the lab can test Covid-19 samples. The spokesman for the task force to accelerate the handling of COVID-19 for the city of Denpasar, I Dewa Gede Rai, Monday, November 16, said that the PCR laboratory room had actually been completed since October 22, 2020. However, since receiving a visit from the Bali provincial health office, there have been several changes in the flow of the room to anticipate the spread of the virus in the lab room.

Bali PCR Lab in Wangaya Hospital
Bali PCR Lab in Wangaya Hospital

“Indeed, it is planned that the PCR lab operation will be carried out on October 22, 2020 to coincide with the inauguration and cleaning ceremony of new buildings according to local customs. But there are changes in the flow that must be changed again, so we have to change the lab conditions again in accordance with the instructions of the provincial health office for the safety of officers later. “Therefore, this is the first time it can be tested,” he explained.

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I Dewa Gede Rai said that what had changed was the placement of the position starting from the entrance to the process flow of bringing Covid-19 samples. Because if the path is slightly wrong, there is a risk of causing the spread of covid-19 to officers.

Bali PCR Lab in Wangaya Hospital

After setting the flow is complete, then the PCR tool is set, which takes several days to complete. Repair and setting of the tool just finished on 15 November.

Now that the trial is complete, it has begun. I Gede Dewa Rai, who is also the head of public relations and protocol for the Regional Secretary of Denpasar City, said that at this initial stage, only 90 sample tests were possible.

Sample acceptance and the lab test process can only be done for 12 hours because they are still looking for professional officers to be trained and willing to work in this PCR lab. “There are already assigned officers for the first shift, but this second shift is not yet complete. When it is complete, we can start doing the second shift sample test within 24 hours. And the samples that can be worked are 180 Covid-19 samples,” he added.

This can speed up the process of handling the city of Denpasar’s covid-19. Currently, the handling is still a little sluggish due to waiting for the results of the swab test from the Udayana University public higher education hospital, Warmadewa University, Sanglah Central General Hospital and Bali Mandara Hospital. With the existence of a Lab at the Wangaya Regional General Hospital, his party is optimistic that the handling of Covid-19 in the city of Denpasar can be accelerated.

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