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The Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Ltd. (GMCBL) has decided to use their fleet of buses to collect samples of coronavirus suspects in the city. These buses will be posted at different locations in Gurugram to collect samples from suspected patients.
GMCBL's decision is part of their bid to offer some valuable contribution towards the containment of COVID-19 in the city. According to ET Auto, Sonal Goel, CEO, GMCBL confirmed the availability of the buses for the mentioned services.
There have been three places identified as of now, where the city buses will be posted. This includes the parking lot of Leisure Valley Ground, Tau Devi Lal Stadium and the parking lot of Sheetala Mata Temple.
The buses will be parked in these locations for a period of four hours to collect samples from people suspected of carrying coronavirus. People who have been prescribed for COVID-19 tests can reach out to these locations and give their samples.
The idea to use buses for collecting samples, is to expand the testing reach for COVID-19. The mobile sample collection service will also be able to reach the doorstep of corona suspects. Goel stated that GMCBL is planning to expand even further and move the buses to containment zones in the future as well.
According to Goel, the buses being used for the sample collection have been modified. The buses ensure all the necessary equipment and aids required are present. This further makes it convenient for the medical staff, pathologists and other technicians present to collect the samples for testing.
With intra-city and inter-city transport operations being shutdown across India, buses are the perfect medium to expand sample collection and testing to far out places. With the right modifications being made, buses can carry all the equipment and aids required to be converted to a mobile testing facility. It also gives a chance for healthcare workers, doctors and others to reach out to more people and conduct testing.
Thoughts About City Buses Being Used In Gurugram To Collect COVID-19 Samples
It is a great step by the fleet authorities to lend buses towards the collection of COVID-19 samples in the city. It gives healthcare workers and all others directly working against coronavirus to expand their operations and reach out to more people and contain the spread of the deadly virus.