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PARAKH! DFRL- DRDO’s Mobile Microbial Containment Lab to check Covid-19

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Mysuru: An innovative, state of the art “PARAKH- A Mobile Microbial Containment (BSL-3) Laboratory” has been developed by Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Mysuru to test samples of Covid-19.

DFRL Director Dr Anil Dutt Semwal handing over Mobile Microbial Containment Laboratory to Dean and Director of MMCRI Dr C P Nanjaraj.

It was handed over by Dr Anil Dutt Semwal, Director , DFRL to Dr C P Nanjaraj , Director & Dean, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMCRI) on Monday, according to a release.

PARAKH is a fully autonomous containment laboratory built on ISO 20 feet container and mounted on Ashok Leyland 1618-2C-4700 wb cabin Chassis. It adheres to Class ISO 7 and operated with negative pressure to handle clinical, food and environmental samples during biological emergency without any risk to personal and environment.

The interior of Mobile Microbial Containment Laboratory developed by DFRL- DRDO in Mysuru.

It is equipped with dynamic pass box for transferring the samples directly Class-III Biosafety cabinet for safe handling. It has complete Heating Ventilation Air Condition (HVAC) for maintenance of unidirectional airflow and room pressure gradients of negative pressure as compared to the ambient.

The laboratory has been provided with PCR work station, Real Time PCR Machine, Incubator, Deep Freezer and Refrigerator for testing samples and storing reagents with provision for treatment of liquid effluents, safe storage of solid biohazard wastes and decontamination by autoclaving.

The facility also has provision for storing and donning PPE; storage of used aprons along with emergency body shower and eye wash.

The mobile lab equipped with captive and raw power supply, fuel and water can be easily transported by road and deployed at the site of emergency as per the requirement. Parakh is provided with air bellow suspension to reduce the vibration during transport and air compressor for inflating tyres.

Dr Anuradha, Head Microbiology, Dr Amrutha Officer Incharge, Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL), Dr H B Sashidhara from MMCRI and Dr M M Parida, Head, Food Microbiology, Dr N Gopalan, Dr Joseph Kingston and Jayaprakash, from DFRL were present during the ceremony.

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