Cap­i­tal’s sec­ond drive-through Covid test cen­tre opens in S Delhi

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nNEW DELHI: The Cap­i­tal’s sec­ond drive-through coron­avirus (Covid-19) test­ing cen­tre was opened in South Delhi’s Se­lect Ci­ty­walk mall by Dr Dangs Lab on Fri­day.

Those want­ing to get them­selves checked for Covid-19 can drive through the mall’s rear side for the tests, said Son­ali Sokhal, a spokesper­son for Se­lect Ci­ty­walk.

The open­ing of the test­ing lab is a timely mea­sure to test South Delhi res­i­dents. As of Fri­day, 72 peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19 in South district and eight con­tain­ment zones have been iden­ti­fied.

The process of drive-through test­ing in­volves fill­ing out an on­line form, driv­ing to the des­ig­nated col­lec­tion cen­tre, dis­play­ing an iden­tity proof, rolling down the car win­dow, tilt­ing the head back to al­low the col­lec­tion of swab sam­ples from throat and nose, and then driv­ing away.

“We are lo­cated in the heart of south Delhi and ac­ces­si­ble across a large catch­ment area. Our aim, cur­rently, is to be of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity in the fight against Covid-19, and access to ad­e­quate test­ing is a must for so many peo­ple,” said Ar­jun Sharma, director, Se­lect Ci­ty­walk.

Dr Ar­jun Dang, the chief executive of Dr Dang’s Lab — one of the eight pri­vate labs ap­proved in the city — said the de­ci­sion to ex­pand the num­ber of driv­ethrough cen­tres was taken due to high de­mand at its first fa­cil­ity, in West Delhi’s Pun­jabi Bagh.

“The West Delhi cen­tre in Pun­jabi Bagh opened just last week and we have con­ducted ap­prox­i­mately 150 tests there till now. To get a test done, the pa­tient has to fol­low sim­i­lar guide­lines as with any other test­ing fa­cil­ity. The doc­u­ments re­quired will be a doc­tor’s pre­scrip­tion rec­om­mend­ing the test, gov­ern­ment-ap­proved iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, and a Trf/pro­forma re­quest form avail­able on­line on the web­site. The per­son will also have to pro­vide de­tails of the car and reg­is­tra­tion num­ber to en­sure smooth fa­cil­i­ta­tion. To en­sure max­i­mum safety and min­i­mum ex­po­sure to both the pa­tient and the med­i­cal staff col­lect­ing the sam­ples, only one car can pass through the stretch at a time,” said Dr Dang.

A series of sig­nage guides vis­i­tors through the sta­tions. The en­tire process, at the fa­cil­ity, is com­pleted within 10-12 min­utes. The re­ports are e-mailed and avail­able on Dr Dang’s web­site within 24-36 hours.

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