i-lab rolled out for providing access to the last-mile person for COVID-19 testing
Trivitron Healthcare has launched a mobile laboratory to facilitate COVID-19 diagnosis in urban and rural areas, and far-flung geographies to bring quality healthcare and diagnostic services near to the patients, the company informed through a press release.
The release also said that the lab will be deployed in rural and inaccessible parts of the country, and has the capability to process 2,500 samples per day which include RT-PCR tests, Rapid Antigen tests, CLIA/Elisa Antibodies Tests IgG and IgM and CLIA/Elisa Tests for Inflammatory Markers like D-Dimer, CRP and IL-6.
It said that the Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone Ltd (AMTZ) and Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT) are the knowledge partners, along with Trivitron Healthcare, to facilitate the deployment of these mobile laboratories in various regions across the country.
Further, according to the release, DrJitendar Sharma, CEO and Managing Director, AMTZ and Rajesh Patel, CEO – IVD Division, Trivitron Healthcare, jointly flagged off the i-LAB in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
“The mobile testing laboratory is fabricated to handle jarring conditions of weather. The design includes air conditioning to keep the airflow of sample processing areas segregated from all parts of the lab to ensure the quality of sample reporting. It does not require high-voltage electricity connections for long-range cables in remote areas of the country,” said the release.
Dr GSK Velu, Chairman and Managing Director, Trivitron Healthcare Group, on this occasion, said, “Trivitron Healthcare is committed to the fight against COVID-19 on the forefront by many such technological advancements in the global diagnostic field. With more than 11,000 healthcare professionals, Trivitron Group of companies has endeavoured in multiple areas to address the existing COVID-19 pandemic. Our group’s efforts to fight this pandemic will go a long way, by reaching at the door steps of the affected community and minimising the exposure to the society.”
Adding to it, Dr Sharma said, “DBT-AMTZ Command Centre at AMTZ developed the first mobile RT PCR-testing bus. Subsequently, this programme has been emulated in several parts of the country. These mobile systems carry the bandwidth of large-scale tasting and portability of deploying mobile-testing infrastructure at various locations as per the need. The usefulness goes beyond COVID testing to testing HIV, TB, HCV, HbsAg, biochemistry, hematology and large number of other conditions that would play a pivotal role in community-based diagnostics.”
Patel added, “With a vision to make healthcare available for the people of all classes and keeping in mind the need of diagnosis during COVID-19, today, we are delighted to announce the launch of i-LAB. The in-built power back-up for four hours and an extendible back-up generator will ensure the smooth functioning of the lab with a minimum time approach and efficacy. There will be all state-of-the-art facilities like transfer of reports via high-speed internet.”
Trivitron is planning to expand the mobile testing laboratory facilities with over 100 mobile labs which will be deployed in multiple parts of the country, said the statement.