SpiceHealth, a part of SpiceJet Ltd. on Monday launches a mobile RT-PCR laboratory in Delhi which conducts RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 at an affordable price of ₹499 and the results will be available in six hours.
The lab was jointly launched by SpiceHealth and the ICMR. Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah has inaugurated the RT-PCR Lab at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in New Delhi.
The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan also participated in the inauguration function. The Secretary DHR and Director General of the ICMR, Dr.Balram Bhargava, the Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet, Shri Ajay Singh, and the CEO of SpiceHealth, Ms. Avani Singh also took part in the inauguration ceremony.
SpiceHealth is set to revolutionise COVID-19 testing in India, with RT-PCR tests starting at ₹499. Our first mobile testing facility was launched by Union Home Minster Shri @AmitShah and Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri @drharshvardhan in Delhi today.@avaniisingh pic.twitter.com/5HvVqNwWqn— SpiceHealth (@spice_health) November 23, 2020Advertisement
SpiceHealth, part of the aviation group SpiceJet, in a statement said the laboratory can process up to 3,000 test reports per day and it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
The rate for an RT-PCR test, considered to be the most accurate COVID test worldwide, in other laboratories was fixed at Rs 2,400 by a government-appointed committee and the report is normally available in 24-48 hours.
SpiceHealth said it will set up 20 laboratories in different parts of the country in the first phase and a significant proportion of the tests will be conducted in collaboration with agencies of the Centre and the state governments.
Delhi’s health infrastructure has started improving after Shah chaired a high-level meeting on November 15 and gave 12 instructions, following a fresh spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital.