Parakh: DRDO- DFRL’s mobile microbial containment lab handed over to MMCRI
- Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) has handed over an innovative, state of the art Mobile Microbial Containment (BSL-3) Laboratory ‘PARAKH’ to the Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute (MMCRI) to test samples of coronavirus (Covid-19) at its hi-tech Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL)
- The lab was handed over by Dr Anil Dutt Semwal, director of DFRL to KR hospital at a formal event.
- With this, an extra 200-300 samples can be tested in addition to the 400-450 samples being tested.
- It is a fully autonomous MobileMicrobial Containment Lab.
- It was developed by ministry of Defence in collaboration with ESIC (Employees’ State Insurance Corporation) Medical College & Hospital, Sanathnagar, Hyderabad with due permission from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) within record time of 2 weeks.
- It is designed on ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 20 feet container and installed on Ashok Leyland 1618-2C-4700 wb cabin Chassis.
- It was designed during situations like bio warfare, but with the ongoing situation, it was handed over to the district.
- It has BSL level-three certification for containment, thereby enabling it to test COVID-19 and other similar heavily communicable infections.
- It has a RT-PCR machine as well as facilities for storage of biomedical waste.
- It can even be deployed in a site of emergency since it can operate on battery power.
- One of the oldest medical colleges in
- First medical college to be established in the Karnataka region
- Indian defence laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- Director- Dr. AD Semwal
- Location-Mysore, Karnataka
ABOUT BSL (Bio Safety) – Level Three
- Set of biocontainmentprecautions required to isolate dangerous biological agents in an enclosed laboratory facility.
- BSL-3 is an appropriate condition for work involving microbes which can cause serious and potentially lethal disease via the inhalation route.
ABOUT Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL)
- Introduced by the Government of India under Department of Health Research – Indian Council of Medical Research.
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