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Machine to save on lab test costs

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, November 22, 2012

THE government and the Fiji Police Force will save thousands of dollars after getting a machine to test alcohol in blood locally.

And the Ministry of Agriculture will work with the police forensic team to carry out the tests.

Fiji police principal scientific officer Miliana Cokanavula said they used overseas labs to conduct their test which resulted in the force using thousands of dollars for those tests.

"This machine will save a lot of money in terms of cost and also improve capacities like letting us do our own analysis," she said.

"One sample will cost around $1000 and it depends on what type of analysis they want. Different analysis has different charges."

Ms Cokanavula said they could send 200 tests a year which cost more than the price of the machine.

"The machine which cost around $100,000 will save more than its price."

The gas chromatography machine, which arrived in Fiji last week, would enable police to have their own alcohol in blood analysis conducted right here in Fiji.

The machine is used to identify different substances within a test sample. It includes drug detection, fire investigation, environmental analysis, explosives investigation, and identification of unknown samples.

She said they had trained some agriculture staff to man the machine which will be up and running by next year.