COVID-19: Court Asks Centre To Grant Accreditation To Labs Of Medical Colleges

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Mumbai: In an important order, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has asked the central government to expedite the process of granting accreditation to Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) centres of private medical colleges.

The court further asked government to set up a portal for granting approvals to facilitate COVID-19 testing facilities so that testing can begin in labs at remote Maharashtra districts of Yavatmal, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli.

A single judge bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre passed the order on while hearing through video conference PILs filed by Subhash Zanwar and C.H. Sharma seeking various relief and facilities during the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

“It is expected that testing facilities can be made operational at private medical colleges which are armed with proper academic staff, provided such staff is given training of testing and if contingency arises, samples even can be allocated to these private colleges,” the court said.

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