“AT Metropolis Healthcare Ltd, we confirm that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the country’s apex biomedical research body has appointed us to do the testing of COVID-19 at our lab located on Bhandarkar Road in Pune. We have already begun sample collection and testing. Please call our helpline number 020 41008200 for any queries regarding COVID-19 testing. Home collection of samples will be done,” said, Dr Manish Karekar, Chief Pathologist, Golwilkar Metropolis, Pune.
As per ICMR’s guidelines, Metropolis will test people with travel history and symptoms; and the people who were in direct contact with positive cases. Testing will only be undertaken upon the prescription of a certified doctor and upon producing government ID.
All COVID – 19 reports are released within 24 hours. All positive test results are notified to the ICMR immediately. For testing, they have procured kits that have been approved by the ICMR. The test is based on real-time PCR technology. The test conducts two parts – screening and confirmatory and both the tests are done together for the best possible outcome for the patient.
Their team of technicians has undergone rigorous training for sample collection of COVID – 19. Their laboratory in Pune is already specialised for Swine Flu testing and sample collection methodology for COVID 19 and Swine Flu is the same. Technicians will be equipped with full protective gear, masks, and goggles to ensure the safety of the technician and lab personnel, the lab informed.