The institute on Monday achieved the milestone of 1 lakh Covid-19 swab tests.
Health Minister Eatala Rajender had announced that the price of a RTPCR swab test has been capped at Rs 2,200 in private labs (Rs 2,800 if the samples are collected from home).
Since last week, block-level medical authorities have been organising camps in panchayats across Jeypore block.
A health official said that on Thursday, they were able to take the samples of just 20 villagers, and among them eight tested positive for the infection.
One of the tests, the 90-minute LamPORE swab tests, will be supplied by Oxford Nanopore, an Oxford University spin-off co-founded by Indian-origin CEO Gordon Sanghera.
Despite sweltering heat, the swab collection centre at the Srikakulam government general hospital has no provision for drinking water or waiting area.
The new test is less accurate than the current gold standard for testing and can only be run on specialized equipment.
Women from different spheres including those in the healthcare are helping the Government navigate safely though the pandemic.