Saturday, February 27, 2021

Mumbai airport gets nasal swab sample processing facility

Mumbai: With the fear of the pandemic still looming large and Mumbai still seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has created a new facility for the processing of nasal swab samples at the airport itself.

“With the number of states and countries being added for testing, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has taken a step further towards passenger safety by not only setting up the RT-PCR testing counter but also by facilitating the processing of the sample for a quick turnaround,” said the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL).

“The counter is set up at Level 1 of the Terminal [East Side] for the international passengers, while for the domestic passengers, the counter is set up at the arrival corridor. The additional facility is introduced for the convenience and offering a speedy report to the arriving passengers,” it said.

MIAL said that the swab processing facility is being provided by Mylab Discovery Solutions.

“Passengers will be provided with test results within eight hours at a cost of Rs 850. The diagnostic lab undertakes the test, processes the sample, and generates the report within stipulated time frame. The facility is in compliance with the standard of ICMR [Indian Council of Medical Research] and NABL [National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories] certified agency for testing Covid-19 samples,” added MIAL.

Currently, the Mumbai airport hosts three testing facilities at the terminal - Suburban Diagnostics, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd., and Lifenity Wellness International limited.

Further, the airport has 30 counters of testing facilities wherein 12 counters are set up for international travellers and 18 counters for domestic passengers. These counters are equipped with molecular testing facilities that offer passengers the option to process their test results in 13 minutes post sample collection.

The express test is available at Rs 4,500 and aims to provide the arriving passengers with a quick and accurate diagnosis.

27/02/21 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today

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