Erly Sintya, a biomolecule scientist, closely examines the numbers and graphics of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results on a computer at the laboratory of Warmadewa University in Denpasar, Bali, on May 14.
Erly, accompanied by a laboratory staff member, records the PCR test results of 38 samples gathered from Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar.
“It is quite nerve-racking to read the test results. We’re worried [about working with test samples] but we try to work hard and be professional,” says Erly, who is also the lab’s analysis coordinator.
“Working in the laboratory to test for the virus is quite risky, but we have applied all the necessary procedures to minimize the risks.”
Warmadewa University rector I Dewa Putu Widjana said the biomolecule laboratory had intensified its PCR testing to support the island’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to laboratory head Eka Kartika Sari, the entire process takes five hours, from extracting the sample to getting the result. The laboratory can process up to 80 samples a day. [yps]