A Chinese PCR machine at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Mulleriyawa has malfunctioned, the Chairman of the Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists Ravi Kumudesh said. Kumudesh said the machine was brought down from China with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank. It is capable of conducting 1000 PCR tests at one time and has a capacity of 4000 PCR tests per day, he added. Kumudesh claimed that the health authorities have not gone public with the breakdown of the machine at Mulleriyawa. Meanwhile, when asked if a PCR machine had broken down, Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said that a PCR machine placed at the main laboratory of the Medical Research Institute (MRI) Sri Lanka has malfunctioned He said that a Chinese expert is due to arrive in Sri Lanka to fix the machine. The machine, which is the main PCR machine in Sri Lanka, is capable of conducting 1200 PCR tests per day. The malfunction has caused a delay in receiving results of PCR tests at present, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said. The Army Commander said that measures have been taken to bring down the expert from China to resolve the issue at the earliest.
Source : Daily Mirror