Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Ahmedabad airport ramps up rapid Covid-19 testing facility

Ahmedabad: Authorities at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad have ramped up its rapid Covid-19 testing facility.

The decision was taken after Indian travellers to Dubai were required to not just carry a negative Covid RT-PCR test report but also a rapid PCR test report, within six hours of departure. As the frequency of passengers travelling to Dubai increased, the number of machines installed were also increased to 100.

A rapid PCR test is basically an RT-LAMP test which has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) as an RT-PCR equivalent for rapid Covid-19 testing.

"When the rule was imposed, the airport had barely 30 machines installed by two private diagnostics laboratories to conduct the RT-LAMP test. However, of late, the number of flights as well as passenger movement to Dubai from SVPI airport has increased. Therefore, to meet growing requirement for tests, more machines are installed," said a source at the city airport.

Sources confirmed that in August, an estimated 70 flight movements were handled from Ahmedabad to Dubai. However, the same number has now increased.

21/09/21 Niyati Parikh/Times of India


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