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Their com­mit­ment and acu­men dur­ing the pan­demic made a dif­fer­ence in the lives of many. Pre­sent­ing the first set of HT Trail­blaz­ers 2021

The Hin­dus­tan Times Trail­blazer Awards 2021 pre­sented by Am­bi­ence, are hon­our­ing eight in­di­vid­u­als who have shown grit and acu­men dur­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic that shook the world in 2020. Here are the first two awardees.

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At 33 years of age and barely four years as the CEO of Dr Dangs Lab, Dr Ar­jun Dang cuts a con­fi­dent pic­ture. What it does to the busi­ness is for every­one to see, but what it means for his pa­tients is a story that needs to be told. “Re­cov­ery from any dis­ease has a psy­cho­so­matic an­gle too. The con­stant mo­ti­va­tion, guid­ance and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the doc­tor are very im­por­tant fac­tors,” he says.

Act­ing swiftly in the Covid-19 pan­demic, he launched driv­ethrough Covid-19 test­ing cen­tres in Delhi. Be­gin­ning in April with a drive-through in the Cen­tral Mar­ket area of Pun­jabi Bagh and then ex­pand­ing to Saket and Khel Gaon, he and his team en­sured that peo­ple could get tested with max­i­mum safety and min­i­mum in­ter­ac­tion.

“I was in­spired by Covid-19 driv­ethrough cen­tres in coun­tries like Korea and the US. This made it the first such fa­cil­ity in In­dia,” shares Dr Dang, who has a Clin­i­cal Fel­low­ship in Liver Pathol­ogy from King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal, Lon­don.

For a drive-through test, pa­tients need to regis­ter on the web­site, pro­vide ve­hi­cle num­ber and Aad­har Card de­tails. The lab gives a call back spec­i­fy­ing time of the test.

“The ac­knowl­edge­ment email gives the ex­act Google lo­ca­tion of the drive-through cen­tre. Each car gets a 5-10 minute time slot. From book­ing a test to get­ting the re­port, the en­tire process is con­tact­less. Pay­ments are only on­line,” he says.

Tak­ing charge of an iconic in­sti­tu­tion, es­tab­lished in 1983, was a big re­spon­si­bil­ity, but he has taken it to new heights. “The pan­demic has been a huge learn­ing curve for me and my team. With God’s grace and our team’s hard work, we have made it,” says the proud re­cip­i­ent of the HT Trail­blazer award.

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PHO­TOS: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT Dr Ar­jun Dang launched driv­ethrough test­ing cen­tres in Delhi in the Covid-19 pan­demic

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