Four Neuberg Labs get ICMR approval for COVID-19 testing
Only Lab Chain in India with 4 facilities for RT PCR testing approved by ICMR
A.G Diagnostics – Associate of Neuberg Diagnostics, Pune commences testing for COVID-19
Offers FREE of cost COVID testing to the deserving citizens with a BPL ration card and appropriate doctor prescriptions as CSR
Special support funds will be provided through Neuberg’s not for profit trusts for deserving patients
Pune, March 25, 2020: Neuberg Diagnostics Private Limited, a StartUp in the PathLab chain segment, today announced the commencement of COVID testing in A.G Diagnostics, a Neuberg Associate, Pune, post the approval from ICMR. Neuberg is the only Lab Chain in India, whose 4 facilities have been approved by ICMR and will offer COVID – 19 RT PCR tests through its laboratory in Ahmedabad (Neuberg Supratech), Bangalore (Neuberg Anand), Chennai (Neuberg Ehrlich) and Pune (A.G Diagnostics).
Commenting on the development, Dr. GSK Velu, Chairman & Managing Director, Neuberg Diagnostics Private Limited said “COVID-19 has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread beyond China. India is currently between Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the disease spread. The Government of India is taking the right measures to curtail its spread. Neuberg is happy to support its efforts towards testing of a symptomatic individual currently and later asymptomatic individuals, as it may be required to augment the travel ban, identify individuals with the infection, isolate them so that the virus can be curtailed.”
“We have also set up a special support fund for the weaker sections of the society. Through this we will offer free of cost testing to people with a BPL ration card and appropriate doctor prescriptions,” added Velu.
Neuberg will be scaling up its capacity up to 2000 to 2500 tests per day as per ICMR guidelines by next week.
Dr. Awanti Golwilkar, Technical Head, Neuberg Diagnostics Private Limited said, “A.G Diagnostics Laboratory, a Neuberg Associate, Pune has started collecting COVID samples from the lab as well as home. The mandatory requirement is the Identity and Address proof, Requisition/Prescription from Physician with their Medical registration number. Neuberg will provide reports within 24 hours in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune and within 48 hours from other cities subject to uninterrupted courier movements.”
“Reporting and sample acceptance will be strictly in accordance with the ICMR guidelines and will follow ICMR prescribed MRP of INR 4500,” she added.
Home sample collection will also be done through PPE equipped phlebotomists in these four cities. For home sample collection in Pune one can get in touch with the team on 020-6763 6763.
The COVID-19 testing in Neuberg’s labs will follow guidelines by ICMR and other competent government agencies. COVID–19 samples from hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare providers can be tested in the labs. If the patient has no travel history but is in the hospital with symptoms of respiratory illness like pneumonia, she or he can also be tested.
As per the guidelines issued by ICMR for COVID-19 testing in private laboratories, Neuberg will provide the test to an individual only when prescribed by a qualified physician, while also adhering to the sample collection and testing guidelines set by ICMR. All COVID-19 positive samples will be transported to ICMR-NIV (National Institute of Virology), Pune under suitable Biosafety and Biosecurity precautions as laid down by ICMR.
For more details on COVID-19 testing at Neuberg, one may reach out to Neuberg Diagnostics at +91 97003 69700 or covidhelp@neubergdiagnostics.
About Neuberg Diagnostics
The best-in-class laboratories from across India, UAE & South Africa have united under the banner of Neuberg Diagnostics to bring the latest technology and techniques within the reach of developing countries. Utilizing their combined strengths, the Neuberg alliance brings capabilities to perform over 6000 varieties of Pathological investigations and will promote Prevention & Early Diagnosis, Focused Wellness Programs and Structured Disease Management programs for rare diseases using the most advanced technologies assisted by Data science and AI tools. Today, Neuberg Diagnostics is among the top diagnostics companies of Indian origin and the fastest growing healthcare start-up in India.
The founding members of the Neuberg consortium – Anand Diagnostic Laboratory (Bangalore), Supratech Micropath (Ahmedabad), Ehrlich Laboratory (Chennai), Global Labs (South Africa), and Minerva Diagnostics (Dubai) bring their combined heritage of over 200 years and process over 20 million tests annually. Some of the best Pathologists, Biochemists, Geneticists, Microbiologists and several other Clinical Lab Professionals from around the world are working closely, sharing knowledge and using the latest generation of diagnostics techniques to take accurate and timely diagnosis to the next level.