The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has tied up with the India Post for delivery of COVID-19 testing kits to 200 additional labs designated for coronavirus testing across the country, an official statement said on Thursday.
Nodal officers have been identified from both the agencies — Department of Post and ICMR for each regional depot to ensure smooth operations.
“Indian Council of Medical Research has set a target of carrying out around 1 lakh tests across the country per day. For this crucial work, India Post with its vast network of 1,56,000 post offices has once again turned into a COVID warrior,” the statement was quoted saying by a PTI report.
Delivery of kits to all parts of India has become a top priority, it said, adding that the government is taking all measures to ensure timely delivery of the testing kits.
Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted saying by the report, “I appreciate this renewed commitment and partnership between ICMR and Department of Post. India Post has been delivering mails, medicines, financial assistance at doorsteps and even distribution of food and ration to needy during lockdown.”
He added the postman of India Post has risen to the occasion and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the nation during these challenging times. Prasad also called upon the department to leave no stone unturned in making timely delivery of medicines, testing kits and other medical equipment.