SpiceHealth inks MoU with govt of Uttarakhand to conduct COVID-19 tests for Kumbh mela pilgrims

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  • SpiceHealth’s mobile testing laboratory to conduct RT-PCR tests of pilgrims visiting Haridwar for Kumbh
  • To conduct rapid antigen tests at 5 locations on Uttarakhand border for pilgrims entering the state, starting February 26, 2021
  • SpiceHealth has conducted close to a million RT-PCR tests since launching its first mobile lab in Delhi in November 2020
  • SpiceHealth operates multiple testing laboratories in Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra & a genome sequencing facility at Delhi’s IGI airport

Healthcare company, SpiceHealth has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Uttarakhand to conduct Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) and Rapid Antigen tests for pilgrims visiting the Kumbh Mela festival.

SpiceHealth’s mobile lab, accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has been set-up in Haridwar. Also Read: India’s vaccination drive to take a weekend-break to facilitate Co-Win upgrade

In addition to the mobile lab, SpiceHealth has also set up testing facilities at five locations on the state border where pilgrims visiting Uttarakhand for Kumbh will undergo rapid antigen tests, the company said in its press release.

Avani Singh, CEO, SpiceHealth said, “The Kumbh Mela is one of the world’s largest religious congregations with millions of pilgrims entering the state borders every day. Ensuring the safety of the attendees of the mela is of utmost importance, and we at SpiceHealth are proud to assist the Uttarakhand Government in testing and serving those travelling to the holy city of Haridwar. We are fully committed to providing a quick, seamless and smooth testing experience through our multiple testing facilities in the State.”  Also Read: India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive: Second phase to start from March 01 for senior citizens and those with co-morbidities

In view of the current pandemic, authorities at the Kumbh Mela have introduced strict guidelines and made passes mandatory for all pilgrims. Passes will be issued only afterthe submission of a negative RT-PCR test report, medical certificate and identification proof, the release said. 

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