The ambulant labs consist of a cavalcade of vans that allow healthcare workers to collect, process and test samples onsite and upload results directly to the ICMR website.
Mobile COVID-19 testing labs called the Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting (MITR) have been developed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and were launched by the Karnataka Government on August 5.
The ambulant labs, developed in collaboration with the IISc incubated startup ShanMukha Innovations, consist of a cavalcade of vans that allow the healthcare workers to collect, process and test samples onsite and upload results directly to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) website. The MITR labs are claimed to be the first ICMR-approved mobile Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 testing laboratory in India.
Among the contributors to the project were Tata Motors, Collins Aerospace and Borq Software Solutions. Strictly adhering to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and ICMR guidelines, the MITR labs can conduct between 6,000 to 9,000 tests per month. The mobile labs also have the potential to augment the testing process with the help of additional equipment and manpower. Alongside the COVID-19 testing, the MITR labs can also be used to test for other viral and bacterial infections, such as H1N1, HCV, HBC and TB.
The mobile labs will be operated by the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS).
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