Min Sudhakar inaugurates first-of-its-kind mobile lab for Covid-19 testing


Team Udayavani, Aug 5, 2020, 5:08 PM IST

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Bengaluru: Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar on Wednesday inaugurated the nation’s first ICMR approved RTPCR mobile lab for Covid-19 testing.

The mobile lab is capable of testing 9000 samples per month with 100% accuracy.

“This is a unique lab having all safety features and capable of producing 100% accurate results within four hours,” Dr Sudhakar was quoted as saying in the press release.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISC) had developed the lab and handed it over to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS).

The mobile lab can also be used for molecular diagnostic-testing and can be deployed in coronavirus hot spots quickly, the release said adding, apart from COVID-19, the lab can be utilised for testing H1N1, HCV, TB, HPV and HIV among others.

On Tuesday, the state conducted 42,458 tests, the highest in a single day in the past few days. This included 29,488 rapid antigen tests and 12,970 RTPCR tests.

Karnataka has 73,846 active cases of coronavirus as per the state health bulletin dated August 4.

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