By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Vice President and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has revealed that while the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL) is doing some work, there is still more to be done to bring the facility up to scratch.
Ramjattan made the comment in a recent interview where he pointed out that besides the facility’s inability to conduct Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) tests other work, is being carried out.
“The forensic lab continues to do it work…It is incapable of doing anything there in regards gto DNA which is top of the line kind of investigations,” said Ramjattan.
He pointed out that presently, the facility has the capacity to conduct toxicology tests and check documents to very authenticity among a range of other lab tests.
“They have all of that but to the extent of doing they very high quality DNA, I don’t think they have graduated to that very high level,” he stated.
Asked whether he was satisfied with the lab, the Vice President stated that while certain functions are lacking he believes that it has been functioning in the best way it can.
“Knowing from whence it came, I am satisfied…there is lots more to be done,” declared Ramjattan.
Argentina has recently offered to help Guyana in training assistance for the staff at the Guyana Forensic Laboratory and the Guyana Police Force in the areas of the preservation of biological samples for DNA study and Computer forensics.
However, although the laboratory is not equipped with DNA testing, it has a highly specialised evidence recording system for information management.