Hyderabad: The chairman of DRDO and secretary of the Department of Defence (R&D), Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, along with M.S.R Prasad, the director-general of DRDO, visited ESIC Medical College in Sanathnagar, Hyderabad, on 22 December to inspect its COVID-19 preparedness and interact with frontline health care givers.

ESIC Medical College has been at the forefront in the fight against the novel coronavirus and has been working in virology diagnostics and COVID care. It has collaborated with organisations like DRDO, IITs, TIFR, NIPER, and the University of Hyderabad to tackle COVID-19 and has set up a first-of-its-kind mobile virology diagnostic and research laboratory.

So far, 6,0117 Rt-PCR samples have been processed at the mobile VRDL lab. Several indigenous, cost-effective, innovative devices to help the COVID-19 patients have been designed by ESIC Medical College in collaboration with DRDO.

During his visit, Dr. Reddy checked exhibits of the equipment made in collaboration with DRDO and the mobile VRDL lab installed at the college. He was briefed about various functional COVID-19 care facilities at the institute and the future plans. He was told that an independent continuous oxygen supply facility and negative ICUs are in the process of being set up at the hospital.

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