Ministry of Health to commence COVID-19 PCR testing on Monday

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is currently assisting with the training of lab technicians in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) in conducting PCR tests.

According to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE), ten (10) persons are being trained. The session is being done at a facility that has been identified as a special testing site. The MOHWE did not disclose the location of the facility.

The MOHWE further explained via Facebook that a forklift is expected to lift a biological safety cabinet into place on Thursday (June 4).

The reused schedule would allow the lab to start running tests on samples by this weekend.

In-country PCR testing for COVID-19 is scheduled to begin on Monday (June 8).

Currently PCR testing for SVG is done at the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s (CARPHA) Lab in Trinidad and Tobago. The ministry is however able to conduct rapid testing.

The PCR machine arrived in SVG on Friday May 15, 2020.

Speaking on the development, Health Minister, Hon. Luke Browne previously said, “the PCR machine required for COVID-19 testing is finally here! Hallelujah!”

Browne informed that the shipment had been delayed in the USA “for reasons beyond our control.”