A molecular biology laboratory to conduct Rapid Antigen test and confirmatory RT PCRwas commissioned at Military Hospital Jodhpur. The laboratory is authorized by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for diagnosis of Covid-19 disease. The hospital has achieved the distinction of becoming the first zonal military hospital to have a molecular biological laboratory approved by ICMR.
The laboratory has been conceptualized under the guidance of Lt Gen Anil Puri, Konark Corps Commander and has the capability to conduct the much sought-after confirmatory test for diagnosis of Covid-19 during the prevailing accelerated phase of pandemic. This laboratory has opened the doors for doing research in the fields of virology, tumor pathology, hematological disorders and other infectious diseases and would be working in collaboration with other premier institutions like AIIMS Jodhpur, AFMC Pune and NIV Pune. The laboratory is yet another effort by the Indian Army to serve the nation and will surely go a long way in ensuring the health and safety of its countrymen.