Saturday, February 20, 2021

Kolkata Airport to Get State-of-the-art Covid Testing Facility from March

Kolkata: Despite coronavirus restrictions being lessened, the pandemic is far from over. To ensure extra precaution in screening, especially when it comes to air-travel where people can potentially carry the disease from one state to another and sit in close proximity, the Kolkata airport will soon be equipped with a state-of-the-art medical laboratory to test for the deadly virus. It is expected to be functional and fully operative by mid-March.

“HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL), a government of India enterprise, is in the process of setting up a Covid testing laboratory at the airport, the Times of India reported. The various equipment required for the laboratory have already arrived,” Kaushik Bhattacharjee, the airport director said. He added the facility will be set-up in Terminal-2. Once the base is laid down, it will be required to be approved by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, the Indian Council of Medical Research and the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Act, 2017.

There will be three categories of testing- Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), TrueNat and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

The passenger on route to board a flight as well as those arriving at the airport from somewhere can use the facility.

20/02/21 News18

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