COVID-19 Testing: In A Fight Against Coronavirus, Remodelled Buses To Run As Mobile Clinics In Bengaluru

COVID-19 Testing: In A Fight Against Coronavirus, Remodelled Buses To Run As Mobile Clinics In Bengaluru

In Bengaluru, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) buses have been remodelled into a mobile clinic to ramp up COVID-19 testing and provide healthcare services to people
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COVID-19 Testing: In A Fight Against Coronavirus, Remodelled Buses To Run As Mobile Clinics In BengaluruMobile clinic in Karnataka’s Bengaluru has swab collection facility for COVID-19 testing
Highlights
  • Bengaluru has got 5 mobile clinics for COVID-19 testing
  • To ramp up COVID-19 testing, state buses are being used as mobile clinics
  • Mobile clinics have a facility to conduct blood tests like CBC, CRP

New Delhi: Earlier Indian Railways gave away its trains to be converted into COVID-19 care centers and now Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has lent its support to private players – aiming to ramp up COVID-19 testing in Bengaluru – by providing its buses which will be used as a mobile clinic. As part of the initiative, on May 11, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa inaugurated five such buses remodelled into mobile clinics with COVID-19 testing facility in Bengaluru.

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Talking about converting a bus into a mobile fever clinic, Dr Rama Murthy, Chief Mechanical Engineer at KSRTC said,

We have given our regular running buses that have travelled a certain distance for a mobile clinic. We have provided the vehicle with the driver and the bus has been remodelled by the partner organisation Housejoy at a cost of Rs. 60,000.

The remodelled bus has been divided into three parts – the patient area which has a bed; the consultation area for a doctor that has a table and chair; COVID-19 testing area at the backside of the bus. The bus is fully equipped with essentials like medicine box, washing basin, sanitiser and other necessary items.

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The makeshift mobile clinics have swab collection facility for COVID-19 testing and can conduct other blood tests like CBC (Complete Blood Count), protein test – CRP, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) – a type of blood test that measures how quickly erythrocytes (red blood cells) settle at the bottom of a test tube that contains a blood sample.

Talking about the COVID-19 testing cabin and how it ensures the safe collection of sample and at the same time, protection of health officials involved in sample collection, Sanchit Gaurav, CEO and founder of Housejoy, a company that has remodelled the buses said,

The COVID-19 testing cabin is sealed with glass. The lab technician sits inside the cabin and collects samples of the people sitting on the other side of the glass. Two gloves protrude out of the glass casing so the technician simply needs to put his/her hands in those gloves and take the nasal and throat swab.

COVID-19 Testing: In A Fight Against Coronavirus, Remodelled Buses To Run As Mobile Clinics In Bengaluru
Inside Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) buses remodelled into mobile clinic for COVID-19 testing

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Each mobile clinic has a doctor, three nurses and a lab technician. Sharing more details in regard to the healthcare services provided by the mobile clinics, Meena Ganesh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Portea Medical, said,

Every person walking into the clinic will go through a quick test – blood test, sugar test and preliminary test for COVID-19 by telling his/her symptoms. In case an individual shows symptoms of COVID-19, he/she will be sent to the COVID-19 collection booth built inside the bus. We have the capacity to collect 500 samples a day.

As part of the partnership between private players and the government, Portea Medical is providing doctors and nurses. While SRL diagnostics is responsible for general tests like CBC, ICMR accredited national clinical reference lab Biognosys Technologies is responsible for the COVID-19 test.

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Further talking about COVID-19 test and the process that follows when an individual tested at mobile clinic tests positive for COVID-19, Ms Ganesh said,

The samples collected are analysed by the concerned team and the data is sent to the government who then processes it as it does for other COVID-19 reports. We have no role in that.

On a pilot basis, five mobile clinics have been deployed by the office of Tejasvi Surya, Member of Parliament for Bengaluru South along with private players. Sharing the details on the use of five buses started in Bengaluru, Mr Surya through a tweet informed that one of the buses will be provided to Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru to test at-risk policemen in the city. The other four buses will be utilised as per the requirements of the civic body BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) and the health department.

According to Mr Gaurav, the other four buses will travel to 30 societies for 15 days in Bengaluru. The conglomerate plans to screen 15,000 to 18,000 individuals and depending on the feedback and success of the mobile clinic, the initiative will be rolled out across other cities with support from the respective governments.

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World

17,91,56,496Cases
5,81,68,051Active
11,71,06,212Recovered
38,82,233Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,91,56,496 and 38,82,233 have died; 5,81,68,051 are active cases and 11,71,06,212 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 3:45 am.

India

3,00,28,709 50,848Cases
6,43,19419,327Active
2,89,94,855 68,817Recovered
3,90,660 1,358Deaths
In India, there are 3,00,28,709 confirmed cases including 3,90,660 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,43,194 and 2,89,94,855 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,87,521 8,470

1,26,468 1,055

57,42,258 9,043

1,18,795 482

Kerala

28,29,460 12,617

1,00,881 746

27,16,284 11,730

12,295 141

Karnataka

28,15,029 3,709

1,18,615 4,541

26,62,250 8,111

34,164 139

Tamil Nadu

24,36,819 6,895

56,886 4,443

23,48,353 11,144

31,580 194

Andhra Pradesh

18,57,352 4,169

53,880 4,260

17,91,056 8,376

12,416 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,04,678 202

3,910 253

16,78,486 397

22,282 58

West Bengal

14,85,438 1,852

22,508 232

14,45,493 2,037

17,437 47

Delhi

14,32,778 397

1,918 78

14,05,927 467

24,933 8

Chhattisgarh

9,91,653 482

8,007 557

9,70,244 1,032

13,402 7

Rajasthan

9,51,393 137

2,388 303

9,40,101 437

8,904 3

Odisha

8,83,490 2,957

30,859 1,240

8,48,960 4,159

3,671 38

Gujarat

8,22,620 135

5,159 480

8,07,424 612

10,037 3

Madhya Pradesh

7,89,415 65

1,707 273

7,78,902 318

8,806 20

Haryana

7,67,726 146

2,200 137

7,56,231 263

9,295 20

Bihar

7,20,207 268

2,811 206

7,07,833 468

9,563 6

Telangana

6,15,574 1,175

16,640 606

5,95,348 1,771

3,586 10

Punjab

5,93,063 405

5,968 509

5,71,207 880

15,888 34

Assam

4,88,179 2,869

32,975 350

4,50,924 2,482

4,280 37

Jharkhand

3,44,775 110

1,417 72

3,38,256 180

5,102 2

Uttarakhand

3,38,978 171

2,896 68

3,29,030 231

7,052 8

Jammu And Kashmir

3,12,584 428

7,181 578

3,01,134 999

4,269 7

Himachal Pradesh

2,00,791 188

2,276 132

1,95,062 315

3,453 5

Goa

1,64,957 303

2,920 146

1,59,029 438

3,008 11

Puducherry

1,15,364 284

3,214 150

1,10,423 433

1,727 1

Manipur

64,993 575

9,214 84

54,714 649

1,065 10

Tripura

63,140 395

3,747 163

58,735 554

658 4

Chandigarh

61,467 23

278 33

60,383 56

806

Meghalaya

45,976 421

4,273 77

40,915 341

788 3

Arunachal Pradesh

33,664 289

2,548 9

30,956 279

160 1

Nagaland

24,438 64

1,757 87

22,204 149

477 2

Ladakh

19,871 33

360 5

19,309 38

202

Sikkim

19,458 137

2,430 18

16,732 152

296 3

Mizoram

18,409 430

4,424 197

13,900 233

85

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,520 4

61 1

10,455 3

4

Lakshadweep

9,504 33

315 4

9,142 36

47 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,425 10

103 6

7,195 4

127

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