Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Hyderabad airport starts on-site Covid-19 testing facility

Hyderabad: International passengers flying out of Hyderabad or arriving in the city can now get themselves tested for Covid-19 at the airport itself. An on-site coronavirus testing laboratory started its operations from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport from Monday

According to the Centre’s guidelines, its mandatory for arriving international passengers to carry a RT-PCR negative report, conducted within 96 hours before departure to India. This report needs to be furnished before the medical team deputed at the airport to avoid institutional quarantine.

The GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) has collaborated with Mapmygenome, a Hyderabad based NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) and ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) certified agency to provide the services for testing COVID-19 samples, whose results will be issued in 3-4 hours. Arriving passengers scheduled for domestic connecting flights too can avail the service.

Pradeep Panicker, CEO of GHIAL, said the Covid-19 laboratory at the airport was equipped with all necessary testing and sample collection facilities in compliance with the protocols established by ICMR and NABL. “We are confident that this step will further boost passenger convenience and instill more confidence in air travel as the safest mode of transportation in the post-pandemic world,” he said.

02/11/20 Indian Express

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