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Defence NewsRajnath Singh launches first COVID-19 mobile testing lab

Rajnath Singh launches first COVID-19 mobile testing lab

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New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicated the first COVID-19 sample collection mobile lab of the country to the nation via video conferencing on Thursday. The first COVID-19 mobile testing lab BSL-3 VRDL has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence in collaboration with ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Sanathnagar (Hyderabad) with permission of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Govt of Telangana. The Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy, Telangana’s Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Industries & IT E&C K.T. Rama Rao, and Minister of Labour and Employment, Factories Chamakura Malla Reddy were also present in the video conference.

During the launch, Singh appreciated the efforts of DRDO and ESIC in setting up of this Bio-Safety Level 2 and Level 3 lab in a record time of 15 days which usually takes about six months time. He further said this testing facility can process more than 1,000 samples in a day and will enhance the country’s capabilities in fighting COVID-19.  Gangwar complimented DRDO and ESIC for developing the COVID-19 mobile testing lab in a very short time. He further said that it will be very important in our fight against CORONA Virus. Gangwar also commended the efforts being made by ESIC, an organization under his Ministry, to combat COVID-19.

About “Mobile BSL-3 VRDL Lab”

COVID-19 testing centre at ESIC Medical & Hospital, Sanathnagar, Hyderabad will utilize this new innovative mobile diagnostic and research facility called “Mobile BSL-3 VRDL Lab”. It will be first of its kind facility in the country for COVID-19 and other related testing and research purposes.

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The design of COVID-19 mobile testing lab has been developed by DRDO scientists whereas specification of the lab has been given by ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Sanathnagar, Hyderabad. The project has been executed and constructed by three industry partners of DRDO.

Other innovative technologies developed by DRDO and shared with ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Sanathnagar, Hyderabad comprises of COVSACK unit for sample collection, aerosol boxes and aerosolized sanitizer dispenser, snorkel face masks and face shields as reusable PPE N-95 equivalent, UV-C disinfection chamber in the fight against COVID-19 for use by the hospital.

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