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Coronavirus is airborne? Myth or Fact

Coronavirus is Air-borne or not. Various myths are being circulated on social media related to the community spread of coronavirus. Here is a debate on NDTV with the CEO of Dr. Dangs Lab, Dr. Arjun Dang. See the video....
Released on : 10/07/2020
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Private labs allowed to conduct antibody COVID-19 test.

“Most private labs have started offering these tests. But these are only for surveillance, not for diagnosis. To ensure people are aware of this, we make them fill a patient’s form with basic information about themselves, which ends with the ‘not for diagnosis’ bit written in the end in bold.”...
Released on : 10/07/2020
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Will teleconsultation be the next big thing in healthcare?

Extended working hours, no sleep, hospitals teeming with patients, the risk of getting infected and barely any ‘me time’ — these are just a few things doctors face every day. While one may think this is what their profession entails, the outbreak of Covid-19 has certainly brought about a change in the way we perceive doctors. As Dr Arjun Dang, the CEO of a renowned Delhi-based private lab that is conducting drive-through Covid-19 tests, points out, being a doctor isn’t just about treating a patient, but about care and compassion. “Being a pathologist, I feel every sample received is not just a sample but a human being who has placed all his trust in us and deserves the best. We must not forget that despite the advent of technology, one thing that’s always been the cornerstone of good healthcare is the trust and empathy between doctors and their patients,” he opines....
Released on : 30/06/2020
The Hindustan Times

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20-minute drive through covid testing facilities increased in Delhi, Private labs scale up testing

After collecting nearly 3,000 samples with the help of its facilities in Punjabi Bagh and Saket, Dr. Dangs Lab has opened another center near Siri Fort Auditorium in the national capital, in a bid to augment the fight against COVID-19. Speaking to ANI, Dr. Arjun Dang, CEO of Dr. Dangs Lab, said:” Due to COVID-19 cases surging in Delhi-NCR, we started this novel initiative of drive-through testing and we’ve now established our third facility. ...
Released on : 26/06/2020
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Dangs Lab comes up with third drive through Covid-19 testing facility near Siri Fort Auditorium

Private labs have scaled up operations as cases continue to rise in Delhi. Dr. Dangs Lab has increased its drive-thru sample collection centers. A new facility has been started near Siri Fort Auditorium. The other two facilities are located in Punjabi Bagh & Saket. Delhi overtook Mumbai with more than 70k COVID-19 cases. Anyone with mild or moderate symptoms can get their test done at any one of these 3 drive-through facilities: Dr. Arjun Dang, CEO, Dr. Dangs Lab, Delhi Watch the full video for more details....
Released on : 26/06/2020
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Dr Arjun Dang at India Diagnostics Summit

India Diagnostics Summit & Awards

The Diagnostics Summit & Awards is aimed at building a future-ready diagnostics spectrum and recognizing excellence in diagnostics based on various criteria set by the advisory as well the jury board. The Diagnostics Summit & Awards is aimed at building a future-ready diagnostics spectrum and recognizing excellence in diagnostics based on various criteria set by the advisory as well the jury board. The third-panel discussion which will talk about ‘quality in the time of crisis’ and the right government practices will have Dr. Atul Mohan Kochhar - CEO, NABH, Dr. Girdhar Gyani - Director General, AHPI & Ex-Secretary General, Quality Council of India N. Venkateswaran - CEO, NABL, Dr. Arjun Dang - CEO, Dr. Dang's Lab, Sougat Chatterjee - CEO, Apollo Preventive Health, moderated by Dr. Rana Mehta - Partner & Leader, Healthcare, PwC India....
Released on : 26/06/2020
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Delhi’s Covid positivity rate sees a dip in just a few days as number of tests goes up

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr. Arjun Dang, CEO, Dr. Dang’s Lab, said, “To ramp up testing, you need three things — trained manpower, equipment and a BSLII (biosafety level 2) facility which needs space. That is not easy in a city like Delhi. Also manpower, if not just molecular biologists and PhDs, we also need data entry operators because the data has to be shared with multiple agencies — IDSP, ICMR, and Delhi government.”...
Released on : 18/06/2020
The Print

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In testing times, Delhi labs fail to make the cut

Delhi may have 40 laboratories — 17 government-run and 23 private — for Covid-19 tests, but getting one done isn’t easy. “We have no slots for the next 48 hours. Those who wish to have a test later can register with us,” said a telephone operator at Dr. Dang’s Lab, a premium facility in south Delhi offering home collection and drive-through at its Saket center. ...
Released on : 10/06/2020
The Times Of India

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Target 2 lakh tests daily, pvt lab share remains under 20%

Asked about the low share, Arjun Dang, CEO, Dr. Dang’s Lab, told The Indian Express: “I think all private labs are stretching their limits to do COVID collections. Private labs have a major limitation of specialized and very expensive equipment, trained manpower, and space. Comparing private labs and Government labs is comparing apples and oranges. To sustain the business, routine lab work is essential, which now is far below normal (only about 18-20%). Although we practice the highest levels of infection-control protocols, there is still a lot of stigmas associated with COVID testing so we are trying to do home collections and drive-throughs. This itself requires investments in AC transport vehicles, manpower, and PPEs which are absorbed by the lab.”...
Released on : 26/05/2020
The Indian Express

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Health care workers say border curbs have hit medical services, tests in Delhi

Health care workers said the closure of the borders had also hit Covid-19 testing facilities, which was a serious cause for concern. “The lockdown at the border means samples cannot be moved and our trained manpower is unable to report for work at this crucial time. I am working with around 20% of my staff, which has impacted the number of tests that we can do in a day. There shouldn’t be any borders in the National Capital Region, and such minor issues should not impact the government’s hard work of ramping up testing capability,” said Dr. Navin Dang, founder, Dr. Dang’s Labs....
Released on : 08/05/2020
The Hindustan Times

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Roche Diagnostics India receives import licence for its COVID-19 antibody test

The test received CE IVD certification and USFDA emergency use authorization (EUA) a few days ago. Navin Dang, Founder & Chairman, Dr. Dangs Lab, said “As India works towards ‘flattening of the COVID-19 curve’, we need the ability of testing with accuracy and capacity to meet the needs of such large scale testing in both Government and private sectors to revive the economy. Adding standardized immunodiagnostic serology tests could play a pivotal role in this process.” Antibody tests have multiple utilities at the level of the individual, community such as relating to COVID-19 epidemiology in India and for supporting vaccine development and research activities, he said....
Released on : 07/05/2020
The Hindu

Coronavirus testing kits from China

Coronavirus testing kits from China : Failing the tests.

Chinese kits have specific usage protocols. “From what I have seen of the rapid test protocols, most of them need to be stored at a certain temperature, around 25-30 degrees Celsius,” says Dr. Arjun Dang, a pathologist and CEO of Dr. Dang’s Lab, one of India’s leading pathology labs. “If the kits are left out [in the open] for even a short amount of time, it could affect their accuracy. After being opened, they must also be used within a specified time period.”...
Released on : 02/05/2020

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An Infected Person May Test Negative In 40% Of Cases

Several patients who have been tested positive for Coronavirus have complained that they tested negative when they took the first test. “While interpreting the results of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test, the referring physician must keep in mind the window period of the infection,” Dr. Arjun Dang, CEO, Dr. Dangs Lab, said. Dr. Dang says that labs should follow robust training programs for sample collection officers and it should be done in such a way that it can maintain its integrity and ensure the highest accuracy....
Released on : 02/05/2020
Outlook India

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Labs demand easier passage to ensure proper testings.

Arjun Dang, the CEO of Dr. Dangs Lab, said the sealing came on the back of restrictions in Faridabad for the past two days. He said that two of his senior consultants could not come from Gurugram. “Earlier four molecular biologists, all residents of Faridabad, were also not allowed. We are authorized for COVID-19 tests and with four of the eight microbiologists not turning up for work, it becomes difficult to run operations. Eventually, we made arrangements for their stay in Delhi,” said Dr. Dang....
Released on : 01/05/2020
The Hindu

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Drive Thru testing at Select CityWalk, Saket.

Drive-Through Testing Facilities COVID-19 drive through tests-How it works including getting an appointment. ...
Released on : 27/04/2020
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Covid 19: Private hospitals use ‘other’ clause to test all patients.

Before any procedure, private hospitals are now conducting RT-PCR confirmatory test for Covid-19. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines allow only symptomatic patients to be tested. Asymptomatic patients are tested only in case of direct contact with lab-confirmed cases. Arjun Dang, CEO, Dr. Dangs Lab, said, “Guidelines need to be issued to allow testing for pre-op and pre-procedure patients. We need to protect our professionals. We have now reached a stage where every patient who has to undergo a procedure needs to undergo a Covid-19 test.” ...
Released on : 27/04/2020
Economic Times

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Flop Chinese COVID-19 Test Kits: Did India Overpay?

A high court order has revealed how the government may have ended up paying vastly inflated prices for "dodgy" Chinese COVID-19 testing kits, while the government has said it hasn't lost a rupee. The court said the price is overrated and the kits were found of low quality. it may be for a particular lot or all of them are defected? On receiving complaints, ICMR reacted and canceled the orders of all kits. As a result, India did not lose any money....
Released on : 27/04/2020
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Red tape, price cap: Private labs testing for Covid-19 face hurdles.

Dr. Navin Dang, Founder, Dr. Dang's Lab, said: "Already, the price fixed for testing is a non-profit one. We have taken the same charge way back during the time of the SARS outbreak despite various geographical hurdles. Many state governments issued orders ignoring the ICMR which is impacting our functioning." The diagnostic centers also raised concerns about over-complicated processes and transportation hurdles. ...
Released on : 26/04/2020

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Companies eye pvt labs to test staff, but may face hurdles.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) does not allow asymptomatic people without contact or travel history to get tested for SARS-CoV-2. However, employee safety remains a big concern for the human resources department.“Companies are contacting us to understand if they can get their employees tested,” Arjun Dang, CEO of Dr. Dangs Lab, told ET. “The current guidelines need to clarify this issue as the companies are keen that their employees are reported as negative for Covid-19 before operations start.”...
Released on : 25/04/2020
Economic Times

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Why drive-through models can be effective

Dr. Arjun Dang, Associate Lab Director, Dr. Dangs Lab points out, “Since this model requires less time to set up and ensures the seamless, safe and swift collection of the swabs, it’s easily scalable to attain deeper penetration in tier-one cities. As an effective emergency response plan, this will not only reduce the number of infected people entering hospital emergency rooms to be tested and potentially infecting others, but also increase accessibility to people who require the test.”...
Released on : 24/04/2020
Express Healthcare

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IIT-D develops cheaper RT-PCR test, gets ICMR nod

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, have developed a more economic real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for Covid-19. This will say will reduce the cost of a test by at least Rs.700, they said. “I have not used a test kit without the fluorescent probe, so my confidence in the test is not high. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with the test. I will prefer conventional technology that I am comfortable with instead of trying out a new test at this time, even if it is cheaper,” said Dr. Navin Dang, founder, Dr. Dang’s Lab....
Released on : 24/04/2020
The Hindustan Times

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Covid-19: Private laboratories struggle with price caps,do only 17% tests

The cost of Rs 4,500 fixed by the Centre and the confusion in between once the Supreme Court made testing free has also put pressure on private laboratories. Dr. Arun Dang, CEO of Dr. Dangs Lab, said, “The private labs are stretching their limits with the motive to increase testing and provide the highest levels of quality at the shortest possible turnaround time. The government-mandated rate of Rs 4,500 makes this a nonprofit initiative for most labs.”...
Released on : 23/04/2020
Economic Times

Trained technicians for covid testing

Rapid testing on hold, govt plans to scale up PCR tests

“The machines and kits are available and we have several vendors to choose from, but ancillary products like swabs and viral transport media, which is needed to transfer swab samples to the lab, are in short supply. Getting these basics right is important, as we need nylon, dacron or flexon swabs for sensitivity; cotton ones can contaminate the sample and influence results,” said Dr. Navin Dang, consultant microbiologist and founder of Dr. Dangs Labs, which was among the first labs to get approved for Covid-19 testing in India.“Getting trained technicians is also proving to be a challenge in the private sector,” added Dr. Dang. “Government labs have trained staff on call, but for us [in the private sector], adding staff is a big problem also because of the fear and stigma associated with Covid-19.”...
Released on : 23/04/2020
The Hindustan Times

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80% Covid-19 cases are asymptomatic: Dr Navin Dang shares his views.

80% of COVID-19 cases in India are asymptomatic. Listen to what Dr. Navin Dang, Founder, Dr. Dang Labs, has to say on this. ...
Released on : 21/04/2020

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After Delhi, drive-through COVID-19 testing facility set up in Mumbai.

The drive-through testing facility was set up by Mumbai's Suburban Diagnostics, keeping in mind social and physical distancing norms as well as the safety of healthcare workers. Earlier this month, India's first such drive-through contactless testing booth was set up in Delhi's Punjabi Bagh area by Dr. Dang Lab. Several countries around the world are increasingly setting up such facilities as they limit healthcare workers' exposure while also reducing the strain on the already burdened facilities. They also add convenience for patients trying to get tested....
Released on : 21/04/2020
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A laboratory technician from Dr. Dangs Lab displaying a coronavirus testing tube

A laboratory technician from Dr. Dangs Lab displays a coronavirus testing tube for a drive-through service during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in New Delhi on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP)...
Released on : 18/04/2020
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Select Citywalk provides drive-in testing facilities.

Select Citywalk in collaboration with Dr. Dangs Lab is set to provide drive-in testing facilities for COVID-19. The entire process is estimated to be over in 10-12 minutes, said a statement issued by the group. “The reports will be emailed and will be available on Dr. Dang’s website within 24-36 hours. Dr. Dang’s testing facilities for COVID-19 are government-approved". ...
Released on : 18/04/2020
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Diagnostic chain Dr. Dangs Lab along with Select Citywalk shopping center have partnered to provide drive-through testing facilities at Select Citywalk mall. The samples will be collected from inside the car, through the window of the station by the designated medical officer, post completion of the registration process online. ...
Released on : 18/04/2020
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Dr. Dangs Lab and Select CITYWALK come together to provide covid-19 drive-thru test facility

South Delhi’s very 1st drive-through testing facility for COVID-19. Select CITYWALK, Delhi’s most admired shopping center, and Dr. Dangs Lab, a premium chain of quality diagnostics in Delhi NCR have collaborated for the initiative of providing drive-through testing facilities at Select CITYWALK. This testing will be conducted across testing booths, at the rear side of the center. The initiative is done, to ensure maximum safety and minimum exposure to both the patient and the medical staff collecting the samples. Only one car can pass through the stretch at a time....
Released on : 18/04/2020
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The Supreme Court’s initial directive to labs to do free testing for Covid-19 created a furore over

There was much confusion and angst over an April 8 order of the Supreme Court asking labs, be it approved government ones or private ones, to make tests for COVID-19 free. This followed a writ petition by Advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi who sought a direction for ensuring the free test of COVID-19 by all labs. Dr. Arjun Dang, CEO of Dr. Dangs Lab, told India Legal that the costs of tests could be put into three categories. Pre-analytical Costs, Analytical Costs, Post-analytical Costs....
Released on : 17/04/2020
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