Tech Behemoth, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced the deployment of four COVID-19 Test Labs and four Outpatient Department (OPD) centres across the country in Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, and Dehradun to provide additional authorized testing facilities and isolation beds to manage the increased demand across the country.
Last year in July, the tech giant announced its plan of long-term commitment and an investment $500 million in India over the next five years. The donated COVID-19 Test Labs and Outpatient Department are a part of the commitment to the country.
The Test Labs are designed to enable quick and clean testing of individuals who will be suspected to be infected of the deadly virus and will be based on the specifications provided by the Ministry of Science & Technology. The Test Labs will be run and managed by the concerned government agency including installing testing equipment, deploying paramedics and technicians, providing broadband connectivity, PPEs and medical supplies.
“COVID -19 has thrown unprecedented challenges for the world and industries alike and we must actively implement various measures to help contain the virus. NASSCOM is working with the IT industry in formulating innovative solutions to combat the pandemic. Cloud-enabled HPE COVID-19 Test Labs and OPDs will enable authorities to refine their testing process and will significantly reduce the strain on existing healthcare facilities. We are confident that together we will be able to overcome this phase and emerge stronger post the crisis,” said Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge local communities across the world, we are responding with initiatives to support the communities where we live and work. The deployment of HPE COVID-19 Test Labs and OPD centres will support the government’s efforts to prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19,” said Som Satsangi, MD – India, HPE.
Based on the successful HPE eHealth centres (eHCs), the tech giant has developed and deployed these Test Labs and OPD centres in 40-feet refurbished negative air pressure containers equipped with biometrics, blood pressure apparatus, spirometer, serum analyzer, pulse oxymeter, glucometer, pulse reader, and ECG.
The OPD centres will handle walk-in patients and will have provisions to house six patients for 24 to 48 hours for observation purposes. It will have negative air pressure doors to ensure isolation and also serve as temporary housing for people with COVID-19 symptoms until they are either discharged or are sent to the applicable wards for treatment.