With skyrocketing COVID-19 cases in Delhi and with the introduction of new protocols by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and the Arvind Kejriwal, led the government to hurriedly increase the COVID testing in Delhi. Private labs too have increased their operations to support the government in this fight. One such private hospital in Delhi has scaled up its testing facilities by starting additional drive-through sample collection centers for COVID-19 testing.
Dr. Dangs Lab with the help of its facilities collected around 3,000 samples in Punjabi Bagh and Saket region of Delhi and now it has opened another center near Siri Fort Auditorium to collect more samples.
Dr. Arjun Dang is the CEO of Dr. Dangs Lab while speaking to ANI, said “Due to coronavirus cases surging in Delhi-NCR, we established this novel initiative of drive-through testing and we’ve now started our third facility. To date, we have done almost 3,000 RT-PCR tests, samples for which have been collected at these centres. This initiative was planned keeping in mind the surging number of cases and also an increase in the demand for testing. Anyone even with mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19 can get their test done at this drive-through facility.”
This idea of drive-through collections was first observed in the countries that were initially hit by the virus, such as South Korea, and now are being seen in action in India as well. “We received an immense response from the patients, not only about the bookings but also regarding the ease of testing and the safety measures that are in place currently in our facilities since the samples are collected with the patients seated inside their car,” Dang further added.
During the test, a 20-minute long time slot is allocated to each vehicle. However, the entire process lasts for not more than 6 to7 minutes. The test centre follows a buffer period to avoid overcrowding. Meanwhile, they also get sufficient time to sanitize the place, he added.