COBAS 6800 

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Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare visited the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and dedicated the COBAS 6800 testing machine to the nation.  

  • The machine is completely automated and performs high end RT-PCR tests.  
  • The machine will help to increase the testing capacity of the country.  
  • It has been placed at National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi.  
  • The machine can also detect pathogens such as Hepatitis, Chlamydia, HIV, Papiloma, MTb, Chlamydia, HIV, Papiloma, MTb, Chlamydia, CMV, Neisseria, etc.  
  • The machine will provide high volume tests. It is capable of providing test results of 1,200 samples in 24 hours.  
  • Thus, the machine will help in increasing the testing capacity of the country. The machine is enabled with robotics.  
  • It will help minimize contamination as it involves very little human intervention. It is the first machine in India that is completely automatic.  
  • This is the first such testing machine that has been procured by the Government for testing of COVID-19 cases and is installed at the National Centre for Disease Control. 

About NCDC 

  • The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), formerly National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), had its origin as the Central Malaria Bureau, established at Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh) in 1909. 
  • NICD was transformed into the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with a larger mandate of controlling emerging and re-emerging diseases in 2009. 
  • It functions as the nodal agency in the country for disease surveillance facilitating prevention and control of communicable diseases. 
  • It is also a national level institute for training specialized manpower for public health, laboratory sciences and entomological services and is involved in various applied research activities. 

Major Functions 

  • Undertakes investigations of disease outbreaks all over the country. 
  • Provides referral diagnostic services to individuals, community, medical colleges, research institutions and state health directorates. 
  • Engaged in generation and dissemination of knowledge in various areas like Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Laboratories etc. 
  • Applied integrated research in various aspects of communicable as well as some aspects of non-communicable diseases has been one of the prime functions of the Institute. 
  • The Institute is under administrative control of the Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 
  • The Institute has its headquarters in Delhi. 
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