Dr. Shyam Sundar Behura, Associate Professor, Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS) and Deputy Director, Student Services, KIIT delivered a Guest Lecture on “Safe Laboratory Practices – Now & Tomorrow in context of COVID-19 Pandemic” at the National Webinar hosted by Sree Balaji Dental College & Hospital, Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research Deemed to be University, Chennai on 23rd December 2020.
He spoke on the basic microbiological standards and safe laboratory protocols to be followed to ensure safety of laboratory personnel, doctors and students from various biohazards with special focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Behura emphasized that safety protocols in any setting can be implemented in the right sense only when we make it a daily habit by following the prescribed SOPs. He informed the audience about the initiatives, including setting up of COVID hospitals, taken by KIIT & KISS during the pandemic under the leadership of the Founder Prof. Achyuta Samanta. He also elaborated the role of KIMS and its NABL accredited Central Laboratory.