Mangaluru: Father Muller Medical College Hospital laboratory gets ICMR approval for coronavirus test

Media Release

Mangaluru, May 19: In another feather to its cap, Father Muller Medical College Hospital (FMMCH) laboratory has received ICMR approval for testing SARS-CoV-2 virus (which causes COVID-19) disease by RT-PCR method on Tuesday May 19.

The Father Muller Medical College was one of the center which was shortlisted by the mentor center, NIMHANS, Bengaluru to start RT-PCR testing for COVID-19, in wake of the pandemic. This has come as good news to the people of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and the neighbouring districts. FMMCH a unit of the Father Muller Charitable Institutions (FMCI) has been in the forefront of medical technology and patients care, providing service with dignity and care for all.

Dr Anup Kumar Shetty, professor in Microbiology department of FMMC underwent training in NIMHANS, Bengaluru, for this purpose even during the time of lockdown.

The FMMCH laboratory is accredited by NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) since 2012 and already had state of the art facilities for RT-PCR testing. The lab first participated in NIMHANS proficiency testing and later participated in NABL assessment for adding SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR in the scope of tests before getting final ICMR approval. The laboratory follows National/International standards guidelines, participates in proficiency testing, performs periodic calibrations of equipment, and follows strict safety precautions and biomedical waste management. Well trained team of faculty, staff and data operators have put in their hard work to reach high standards in medical testing. FMMCH is already NABH accredited and medical college is NAAC accredited.

The hospital as in wake of the pandemic set-up isolation wards with sufficient ventilators and necessary PPE’s for staff. The staffs have been briefed on the protocols to be followed as laid down by the central and state government under the supervision of the district authorities. Dr Uday Kumar, Medial Superintendent FMMCH, has been in constant touch with the authorities in wake of the pandemic and extended the hospitals service to the district.

COVID 19 RT-PCR test will be done only for suspected cases as per ICMR protocol on prescription by physicians with proper documentation using ICMR RT-PCR app. A dedicated KIOSK for sample collection is also available at the hospital for out-patients. Specimens are transported to the lab through proper cold chain and safety protocols.

The management headed by the president of FMCI Fr Peter Paul Saldanha also the bishop of Mangalore diocese, the director FMCI Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho have guided the institutional growth through their exemplary vision. The administrator FMMCH Fr Rudolph Ravi D’Sa, has been meticulously overseeing the procurement of the laboratory equipment and putting in place the necessary protocols. Administrator FMMC Fr Ajith Menezes has looked into the infrastructure and logistics to develop the lab. The hospital has been at the service of the nation and its people for 140 years and will ever remain to do so, said in a news release by the liaison officer Dr Kelvin Peter Pais.





Comment on this article

  • Sundar Karithota, Haleangadi

    Wed, May 20 2020

    As already Wen lock sanctioned for free testing why should be a paid lab in the city. If every private hospital in the city get sanctioned lab for testing Covid19, the crazy people turn to these labs for their prestige and the govt lab will remain idle.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Sir, which particular company's RT-PCR kits are you going to use?

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  • chandramohan, Darebail

    Wed, May 20 2020

    It is good news that institute has been given permission

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  • McQueen, Mangalore

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Hearty congratulations to Fr Mullers and the entire team there.

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  • Ozzie, Bendur

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Fr. Mullers hospital; the pride of our community and jewel of kodiyal. Congratulations and all the best.

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  • Ryan, Udupi

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Again Community? Which community you are talking about. Can't you get away from these religion, community thoughts?

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  • Rehna, Mangalore

    Tue, May 19 2020

    Very good news for the people of Mangalore. What will be the cost for the test. The people who need the test should be aware..

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  • Sr Jyothi Fernandes, Mudarangdy/mysuru

    Tue, May 19 2020

    Very good news
    All the best to fr Muller's hospital in fighting against Corona virus .

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  • callen dsouza, Bendur, Mangalore

    Tue, May 19 2020

    great news

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  • Sandesh, Mangalore

    Tue, May 19 2020

    Good news for DK people. As we have to live with this Virus it is better to have more hospital s with Corona testing and dedicated wards for carona Patients.

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  • Nagesh rao, Mangalore

    Tue, May 19 2020

    Can anyone tell me the cost of this test before I get mild attack

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  • Neri neerude, Neerude

    Tue, May 19 2020

    This is a good news

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