COVID-19 test: Mobile testing labs to ramp up RT-PCR tests

These mobile labs can conduct COVID-19 tests 3 times faster than the conventional labs
A medical staff takes a nasal swab for a Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) test amidst rising COVID-19  cases, in Mumbai
A medical staff takes a nasal swab for a Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) test amidst rising COVID-19 cases, in MumbaiImage by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

Pune: Mylab Discovery Solutions, Pune-based molecular diagnostics company has rolled out its fleet of ICMR-approved and NABL certified mobile testing labs to urgently meet the huge backlog in RT-PCR testing amidst the second wave of coronavirus in India.

To support high-volume testing needs of the country in these troubled times, these are ultra-fast mobile testing labs powered by automated Compact XL machines which do testing 3 times faster than the conventional labs due to parallel processing and automated handling.

Hasmukh Rawal, MD, Mylab Discovery Solutions said, “Testing needs to reach people now. We cannot sit back in this situation. We are in the mission to support the government and people of India to fight this second wave. We are trying to anticipate ahead and trying to reduce pain of the country with such initiatives as high through-put mobile testing for COVID-19. We have tried to listen to technical expertise from institutions like NIV, ICMR for developing such initiatives and we hope this will help India.”

Labs in India is experiencing huge workload and has limited lab manpower. This is delaying RT-PCR results in many cities by more than 72 hours. These automated vans have very low need for human intervention and allows to process samples 24 hours continuously. Each mobile lab can process as many as 1,500 to 3,000 tests per day.

The company has already made two labs functional at Mumbai, and three more are being rolled out within this week – one in Pune, one in Mumbai and one in Goa at Goa Medical College at the behest of Goa government. Further, the company is already working to deploy 50 such vans to different parts of the country as per the demand for testing.

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