Mobile diagnostic lab developed by DRDO’s RCI, ESIC commissioned

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on April 23, 2020

Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister   -  Rajeev Bhatt

It can handle 1,000-2,000 samples daily

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday commissioned a mobile virology and diagnostic laboratory developed jointly with the Defence Research and Development Organisation and ESIC Medical College, Hyderabad, with industry participation.

During a virtual conference, the Defence Minister, while complimenting DRDO and various stakeholders in developing the lab in a record 15 days, said this only goes to show how various organisations have risen to meet the challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

He said concerted efforts were under way to check the spread of the virus. “In this context, we were feeling the need for a mobile testing lab,” he said. Per day, 1,000 to 2,000 samples could be tested in the lab. The collaborative effort has achieved in 15 days what was thought possible only in six months, he said.

This lab is built as per WHO and ICMR bio-safety standards. It was developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI) based in Hyderabad and part of DRDO.

The Minister said the Defence Ministry and the Armed Forced have kept more than 9,000 beds ready for Covid-19 quarantine if the situation arises. He lauded the efforts of iCOMM, a MEIL group company, for supply of containers, iClean, for design of labs, and Hitech Hydraulic, for the base frame and others in making this a reality.

He also hoped that various critical equipment required to meet the current crisis would be met with equipment developed indigenously.


Published on April 23, 2020

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