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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

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

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

22,81,49,892Cases
19,07,93,163Active
3,26,71,167Recovered
46,85,562Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,81,49,892 and 46,85,562 have died; 19,07,93,163 are active cases and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 3:52 am.

India

3,34,48,163 30,773Cases
3,32,1588,481Active
3,26,71,167 38,945Recovered
4,44,838 309Deaths
In India, there are 3,34,48,163 confirmed cases including 4,44,838 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,32,158 and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,18,502 3,391

51,472 530

63,28,561 3,841

1,38,469 80

Kerala

44,88,813 19,325

1,81,411 8,084

42,83,963 27,266

23,439 143

Karnataka

29,67,083 889

15,783 205

29,13,713 1,080

37,587 14

Tamil Nadu

26,43,683 1,653

16,893 50

25,91,480 1,581

35,310 22

Andhra Pradesh

20,37,353 1,174

14,653 144

20,08,639 1,309

14,061 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,652 9

193 2

16,86,572 7

22,887

West Bengal

15,61,014 728

7,967 41

15,34,406 757

18,641 12

Delhi

14,38,469 41

404 3

14,12,980 44

25,085

Odisha

10,19,621 695

5,929 689

10,05,564

8,128 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,042 28

332 14

9,91,150 42

13,560

Rajasthan

9,54,246 8

102 2

9,45,190 10

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,715 13

143 11

8,15,490 24

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,386 6

97 12

7,81,772 18

10,517

Haryana

7,70,711 6

323 0

7,60,580 6

9,808

Bihar

7,25,881 10

65 0

7,16,158 10

9,658

Telangana

6,63,281 255

5,148 75

6,54,230 329

3,903 1

Punjab

6,01,236 30

316 7

5,84,453 23

16,467

Assam

5,97,709 365

5,063 102

5,86,856 465

5,790 2

Jharkhand

3,48,114 3

74 20

3,42,907 23

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,376 21

282 0

3,35,704 20

7,390 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,773 152

1,479 39

3,21,878 113

4,416

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,813 174

1,610 30

2,11,554 142

3,649 2

Goa

1,75,414 123

771 40

1,71,351 81

3,292 2

Puducherry

1,25,384 128

924 5

1,22,631 122

1,829 1

Manipur

1,18,261 140

2,180 92

1,14,251 228

1,830 4

Tripura

83,840 31

367 37

82,665 67

808 1

Meghalaya

79,325 119

1,876 76

76,075 192

1,374 3

Mizoram

79,171 1,104

14,456 161

64,456 938

259 5

Chandigarh

65,176 4

35 1

64,323 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,060 32

461 44

53,328 76

271

Sikkim

30,893 54

728 28

29,786 82

379

Nagaland

30,840 60

491 20

29,696 39

653 1

Ladakh

20,702

109 0

20,386

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

1 4

10,665 4

4

Lakshadweep

10,356

6 1

10,299 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,598 2

14 0

7,455 2

129

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