Minsa installs a laboratory in Huancayo where genomic sequencing will be carried out for covid variants

The samples of covid patients, to determine the types of variants and lineages of the covid, will no longer be sent to Lima, since from now on they will be processed in Huancayo, because it has a genomic sequencing laboratory for the SARS Cov-2 virus that was inaugurated by the Minister of Health, Jorge López Peña.

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In the Junín region, it is planned to sequence some 48 samples per week in the central macro-region, in order to identify the lineages of the covid-19 variants that are still circulating in Peruvian territory.

Minsa installs a laboratory in Huancayo where genomic sequencing will be carried out for covid variants

“This laboratory is important, since the SARS CoV-2 virus is mutating and new strains are appearing, we already have omicron, BA2 in the country and we constantly monitor it through the National Institute of Health, to deal with the pandemic”, Minister Jorge López said.

There are two other laboratories in Piura and Cusco and in Junín, they will no longer have to queue in Lima. limited the head of the Health sector. He argued that there will no longer be a queue in Lima, but all the samples will be processed in the region and that is very important for the health care of the population and to continue in the fight against the pandemic.

Minsa installs a laboratory in Huancayo where genomic sequencing will be carried out for covid variants

In the country, thanks to this investigation, it has already been possible to determine the omicron variant BA2.212, and it has been followed up for several weeks.

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Likewise, the authority asked the Huancaínos and the population of the Junín region, not to forget to go to the vaccinations. “If the third wave did not impact us like the second, it was because the majority of the population was vaccinated, since it was the only way to prevent hospitals from collapsing, that is why it is necessary for the entire population to have their third dose and those who already have the fourth dose.

Minsa installs a laboratory in Huancayo where genomic sequencing will be carried out for covid variants

The new laboratory also includes reagents for 2,5000 genomic sequencing of the SARS Cov-2 virus, a genomic sequencer, 1 automated equipment for RNA extraction, 1 thermal cycler for conventional PCR and others. Everything has an investment cost of 2,029,500.00 . The directors of the El Carmen, Carrión, Julio De Marini, Félix Mayorca de Tarma and Pichanaki hospitals received equipment for intensive care beds, such as a secretion aspirator, mechanical fans, among others.

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