The Secretary of State for Health, Gilberto Figueiredo, highlighted the importance of Lacen for Public Health in Mato Grosso. He recalled the laboratory’s most recent discovery, which sequenced and identified a new subvariant of Covid-19 in the State, JN 2.5, which is a variation of Ômicron. This was the first record of the subvariant in Brazil.
“We strengthen Lacen for agile and quality work. Previously, the laboratory did not have equipment for this type of analysis, but we acquired equipment and provided a more modern and spacious space to strengthen the sector’s actions, as research data plays a fundamental role in supporting public health strategies, allowing the tracking of outbreaks and the evaluation of the effectiveness of control measures”, assessed the manager.
Over the last five years, the institution has acquired more than 30 pieces of equipment aimed at expanding services, modernizing and streamlining processes already carried out on site.
Among the equipment acquired are a new generation genetic analyzer; automatic nucleic acid extractor and purifier; Covid DNA and RNA extraction and purification; thermocycler; incubator greenhouse for monitoring the level of dissolved oxygen in water samples; digital clinical centrifuge; modular systems; ultrafreezer -80ºC with a capacity of 549 liters; automated equipment for identification and antibiogram of bacteria and yeasts; identification and antibiogram equipment for microbacteria and fully automated equipment for chemiluminescence methodology.
“We have the expertise to deliver timely and accurate diagnoses to society, enabling measures to be taken quickly in specific cases, considering that, in the national reference, it would take days, thus making any immediate and necessary decision-making to preserve life unfeasible,” he added. the deputy secretary of Surveillance and Health Care at SES, Juliano Melo.
Satisfied with the historic improvements made to the laboratory, the unit’s director, Elaine Cristina de Oliveira, said that the new equipment, added to the technical capacity of the team, resulted in improvements to the site’s services.
“Today we have 20 new services and projects. We work to meet all public health needs in Mato Grosso. To achieve this, we count on the dedication of each server who is vigilant throughout the day. I am grateful for the commitment and partnership of Lacen workers and also for the investments that management has made, as without this support we would not have progressed with the actions”, concluded the director.