The Mobile Diagnostic Laboratory (I-LAB) is capable of performing both RT-PCR and ELISA
Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space recently launched Mobile COVID testing facility for Northeast, beginning with Mizoram.
The Mobile Diagnostic Laboratory (I-LAB) is capable of performing both RT-PCR and ELISA.
Dr Singh said, the lab developed with the support from the Department of Biotechnology is meant to provide COVID testing access to rural and remote parts of North Eastern Region of India. He said, the unit has bio-safety facility and is capable of performing both RT-PCR and ELISA tests and this facility can also be utilised for testing of other infectious diseases like TB, HIV, and therefore will remain relevant even in post-COVID times.
The union minister called for linking the I-LAB with tele-consultation facility in accordance with disease profile of the population of the North-Eastern region. He informed that tests like mammography and vision-testing can be added with the mobile laboratory and will prove hugely beneficial to the people of the region.
Dr Singh informed that Mobile Lab Technology will be rolled out gradually in other states of North-East as the region has unique climatic and topographical conditions.
He also acknowledged the efforts made by AMTZ (Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone) team for building this unique, innovative facility through tireless, dedicated and committed efforts.