The Pomeranian Health Inspectorate has received a new device to analyze coronavirus variants

The equipment used to sequence the genetic material of the pathogen cost one million PLN and was financed from the state budget.

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The Pomeranian Health Inspectorate has received state-of-the-art equipment to analyze the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 and subsequently track and detect new variants of the coronavirus. It should be noted that in our area the largest number of prognostic variants of pathogens has been identified.

Previously, samples of the virus were sent for analysis to the WSSE laboratory in Olsztyn and to the laboratory Intercollegiate College of Biotechnology UG-GMMed. Now, the tests will be conducted at a relatively new facility, which was commissioned last year Regional Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in GdanskWhere did the specialized equipment go?

– The RNA sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 will greatly facilitate the monitoring of the epidemiological situation in the Pomerania Province and the Northern Poland region. Sequencing results are an important element in the analysis of the epidemiological situation, allow prediction of the further course of the epidemic, facilitate epidemiological investigations and conduct epidemiological surveillance, especially in relation to epidemic outbreaks – confirms Anna Obuchowska, spokesperson for the regional sanitary and epidemiological station in Gdansk.
Let us recall that currently the largest number of infections with the new variant of Omikron was detected in Pomerania and Mazovia.

Read also: Omikron is responsible for 10 percent. infections. Most of them are in Pomerania and Mazovia

“Pomerania has the largest number of alarm variants”

Experts assure that the new equipment will be a key tool for further monitoring the development of the epidemic and implementing measures to limit the transmission of the virus.

– The possibility of sequencing samples is of particular interest in the Pomeranian province, which is an important economic, cultural and tourist center due to its location and convenient connections by air, land and sea with other parts of the world. There is an international airport in Gdask and the four largest Polish ports – in Gdask and Gdynia (commercial ports) and in Osipä and Ustka (fishing ports) – says Anna Opuschowska. He adds: – The Regional Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Gdask, as one of the first regional stations in Poland, began to transport biological material for sequencing, and since the beginning of the research program, the largest number of SARS-CoV-2 alarm variants recognized in the Pomeranian Province.
Read also: Pomerania. Over the course of two years, 6,000 people died from COVID-19. People

Most importantly, the Ministry of Health wants to use the equipment in the future to analyze other pathogens, including those that cause hospital infections. The new acquisition cost 1 million zlotys and was financed from the state budget.

The Gdask Center was also invited to work on the implementation of a SARS-CoV-2 monitoring system in wastewater for large gatherings in Poland. This is carried out by the National Institute of Public Health PZH-PIB.

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