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In an attempt to increase the number of tests carried out every day, and to ensure that tests are carried out at every corner of the country, the Central Government has launched the nation's first mobile testing laboratory.
The mobile testing laboratory was flagged off from Delhi, by Dr Harsh Vardhan Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
The Rapid Response Mobile Laboratory is a result of a collaboration between the Department of Biotechnology, the Ministry of Science and Technology, Vizag based Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone - an enterprise that promotes domestic manufacturing of medical devices.
Interestingly the iLAB was built in an impressive eight days, and is equipped to carry out tests for TB and HIV, in addition to the infection Covid-19 virus. The government plans to use the mobile unit to test for other diseases and viruses after the Covid-19 situation passes.
The Mobile Laboratory can conduct as many as 60 Covid-19 tests in a single, in addition to 200 other tests. It is also equipped with two sets of machines that help double its output capacity to 500 tests during an eight hour period.
The Central Government says that the Rapid Response Mobile Laboratory has been produced according to the guidelines set by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) certification.
Dr Harsh Vardhan also said that a total of 50 mobile testing facilities will be manufactured, and will be deployed across remote locations in the country in order to speed up Covid-19 testing and treatments.
And talking about mobility, this mobile testing laboratory is built strong enough to be lifted and loaded onto goods trains so that it can be literally be sent anywhere across the nation.
Thoughts About The Rapid Response Mobile Laboratory
This is a good initiative taken up by the Central Government. The country needs better, more efficient testing and we think the Rapid Response Mobile Laboratory will help.
What we're unsure about is why only one of these was ordered. Kinda makes more sense to have launched all 50 at the same time. Well that's what happens when most of the government wants independent credit and no one really cares about the logistics of it all.