Mobile labs for COVID-19 testing to soon be available in Maha: CM
Mumbai, Feb 11 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said mobile laboratories for COVID-19 testing will soon be made available across the state.
Speaking at the launch of three laboratory vans for COVID-19 testing, Thackeray said these mobile laboratories can carry out 3,000 tests per day and reports would be available in 24 hours.
Tests will be conducted at the mobile labs for Rs 499, said Mumbai municipal commissioner I S Chahal who was present on the occasion.
The mobile labs by Spice Heath, which are accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), have been set up at Bandra Kurla Complex, National Sports Club of India in Worli and NESCO in Goregaon.
Until last year, COVID-19 testing was done only in two laboratories in Mumbai and Pune, but now there are more than 500 laboratories, the chief minister said.
Mobile laboratories for COVID-19 testing will soon be made available across the state, he said.
In the wake of the new strain of coronavirus found in different countries, the state government will continue to prioritise tracing and treatment of infected patients, Thackeray said.
“Even though the number of COVID-19 cases has declined, tracing of patients and their contacts is important. Companies like Spice Health have come forward as part of their social responsibility to provide testing facilities,” he said.
After Delhi-Haryana, Mumbai gets SpiceHealth mobile RT-PCR labs
Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) After a successful run in Delhi and Haryana, SpiceHealth and BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have launched three mobile RT-PCR testing laboratories in Mumbai, officials said here on Thursday.
Accredited by NABL and ICMR, these mobile units have been set up near the three jumbo Covid-19 facilities in Bandra Kurla Complex, NSCI Worli and NESCO Goregaon.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the mobile lab online in the BKC in the presence of Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, CMD of SpiceJet Ajay Singh, and SpiceHealth CEO Avani Singh.
The SpiceHealth, a healthcare company promoted by private airlines SpiceJet, has already carried out over 7,80,000 RT-PCR tests in Haryana and Delhi, where the first facility was launched in November 2020 at the AIIMS by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. The facilities now conduct around 20,000 tests daily.
The company has set up five mobile labs in government-designated spots in Delhi-Haryana, a testing facility at Manesar, and a genome-sequencing facility at New Delhi Airport, with similar plans for Mumbai, according to civic officials.
Pioneering the concept of mobile labs that could be taken to the remotest locations and containments zones or villages lacking access to good hospitals and affordable medicare, the tests are carried out at Rs 499 and the results are made available within six hours, said the company.
SpiceHealth launches mobile RT-PCR testing facility in Mumbai
Kolkata, Feb 11 (UNI) After successfully launching and operating multiple Covid-19 mobile testing laboratories in Delhi and Haryana and conducting more than 750,000 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests, SpiceHealth in association with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) launched three mobile testing laboratories in Mumbai today.
The mobile labs, which are accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), have been set-up at Bandra Kurla Complex, National Sports Club of India, Worli and NESCO, Goregaon.
SpiceHealth’s mobile testing laboratory at Bandra Kurla Complex was inaugurated virtually by the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sh. Uddhav Thackeray and the Honourable Tourism and Environment Minister of Maharashtra, Sh. Aditya Thackeray, in the presence of Mr. Ajay Singh, CMD, SpiceJet and Ms. Avani Singh, CEO, SpiceHealth and other senior government officials.
On November 23, 2020, SpiceHealth, a healthcare company founded by the promoters of SpiceJet, had launched its first mobile testing facility at ICMR, AIIMS, Delhi, which was inaugurated by Hon’ble Union Home Minister, Sh. Amit Shah and Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare.
Avani Singh, CEO, SpiceHealth said, “After making a significant contribution and helping scale up Covid testing in Delhi, SpiceHealth is proud to partner with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and set-up mobile laboratories in Mumbai. At a time when Covid-19 was at an all-time high, we disrupted the RT-PCR testing space by offering tests in mobile laboratories at Rs. 499, as opposed to the then existing rate of Rs. 2400 in Delhi. Our mobile laboratories ensured scalability and our low price ensured affordability and our vigorous testing helped curb the spread of the virus. I am confident that SpiceHealth will help scale up Covid testing in Mumbai and we hope to contribute to the State Government’s efforts in fighting this pandemic.”
SpiceHealth, at present, has five mobile labs at government-designated locations in Delhi and Haryana, a testing facility at Manesar in addition to the genome sequencing facility at the Delhi airport. The Company is conducting around 20,000 RT-PCR tests per day.
In addition to making RT-PCR testing affordable for the common man, SpiceHealth ensured that the test results were made available within just six hours from the time of sample collection as compared to the average 24-48 hours taken by others.
SpiceHealth was also the first to introduce the innovative concept of mobile laboratories that could be placed in remote areas, in containment zones, in villages where access to hospitals and medical facilities was a challenge.
In December 2020, SpiceHealth tied up with the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), a constituent lab of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), for conducting the dry-swab Direct RT-PCR testing at all its mobile laboratories and was the first to introduce this innovative testing method anywhere in India.
In January 2021, SpiceHealth established a portable testing lab for genome sequencing at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport where all positive samples taken from international travellers arriving at IGI Airport are sequenced as to quickly identify and contain new mutant variants of the coronavirus. The identification of variants is done in less than 48 hours and has significantly reduced the spread of the imported variant strains.
Earlier, SpiceHealth had also launched SpiceOxy – a compact, portable, non-invasive ventilation device, which is an effective solution for patients with mild to moderate breathing issues and had also introduced fingertip pulse oximeter, a handy device making it easier for people to measure the oxygen level of the blood.