New Delhi: – The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a Mobile Virology and Diagnostic Laboratory (MVDL), while the Coronavirus pandemic is spreading. Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh inaugurated the first MVDL on Thursday. DRDO has developed this laboratory in collaboration with the ESIC hospital in Hyderabad and a private company. The laboratory can conduct 1,000 tests per day.
The DRDO Chief and Minister of State for Defence, G. Kishan Reddy, were also present at the inauguration function, held via videoconferencing. Usually, it takes nearly six months to develop such a laboratory. But Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh congratulated the DRDO, on developing the lab in just two weeks. Moreover, this MVDL satisfies all the criteria set by the World Health Organisation and the Indian Council of Medical Research. The MVDL can travel to any part of the country. The MVDL will prove very important in the research and testing for Coronavirus . Although the laboratory has a capacity of 1,000 tests, as of today, the capacity could be increased to 2,000, in the future. Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh expressed confidence that the MVDL will prove to be a capable tool, in the fight against Coronavirus.
DRDO has already developed ventilators and has transferred the technology to private companies, in India, for manufacture. The DRDO has also developed the PPEs and the DRDO is playing a vital role in the fight against Coronavirus. The Defence Minister praised the timely help from DRDO and the Indian military, during this period of crisis.