The COVID-19 Testing Centre in Public Health Centre, Bengaluru was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. CN Ashwath Narayan in the presence of Dinesh Gundu Rao, MLA, Manjunatha Prasad, Commissioner BBMP and Chidanand, Joint Commissioner, West Zone, BBMP.
In addition to this Facility, three more testing labs are being set up at Sreerampuram, Gangondanahalli and Jagjeevan Ram Nagar hospitals. These primary health centres are a lifeline for COVID-19 and other health-related support to the most vulnerable communities in the west zone largely living in slums and informal settlements working mostly as daily wage labourers, construction workers, street vendors, garment workers and domestic workers. The Testing Centre is equipped with a True Nat machine which has been approved for the use of Coronavirus screening. The samples of the throat and the nasal swab collected by the trained technicians are tested and results can be obtained in 30-60 minutes.
Dr. Ashwath Narayan, Deputy Chief Minister, Karnataka said: “The Public Health Centre’s (PHC) is a critical component of our battle against COVID-19. This facility will enhance our capacity to perform testing and deliver quicker results thereby enabling faster isolation and containment. Our whole machinery is working non-stop for the last many months to support families in accessing quality health care at all levels. I appeal to all of you to stay calm and without fear. This is a global pandemic and the Government of Karnataka is fully equipped to handle this crisis. Please follow the guidelines for testing and quarantine as prescribed and co-operate with government authorities.”