CM Thackeray Inaugurates Mumbai’s Fist Genome Sequencing Lab at Nair Hospital

CM Thackeray Inaugurates Mumbai’s Fist Genome Sequencing Lab at Nair Hospital

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray virtually inaugurated Mumbai’s first genome sequencing laboratory at BYL Nair Charitable Hospital. This will offer a significant boost in the fight against the coronavirus. This lab can analyse a large number of samples in a short timeframe, thus allowing timely identification of mutants or strains of the deadly virus.

“The hospital was set up 100 years ago with the help of philanthropists and today as well, donors have come forward. This is the tradition,” Thackeray said during the inauguration. Nair Hospital was set up on the 4th of September, 1921, and has continued to take giant strides in the field of medicine. 

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“This institute has provided the society with medical stalwarts who have rendered selfless healthcare services for decades and we look forward to our future generation to continue this glorious culture and tradition,” the hospital said in a statement. 

Thackeray lauded the hospital for establishing new facilities without the aid of the State Government or the BMC. He also said that medication for conditions such as spinal muscular atrophy should be developed indigenously so as to save costs.    

One-year-old Vedika Shinde who was suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) died in a private hospital in Pimpri Chinchwad on Sunday, August 1. The child was administered a life-saving drug valued at ₹16 crores just a few days prior. A doctor who previously treated the child at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital said that she died due to “feed aspiration,” a condition pertaining to the feeding process.

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