ADK Opens Covid19, PCR Testing Laboratory at VIA
ADK Hospital, in partnership with LUX Resorts and Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), has opened a Covid19, PCR Testing Laboratory at Velana International Airport (VIA).
The facility was officially inaugurated on 23 December 2020, by the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, during a visual ceremony held for the purpose.
According to ADK Hospital, the opening of the lab aims to bring comfort and convenience to travelers for Covid19 testing. It encompasses modern state-of-the-art equipment, including a Roche LiteCycler 480 PCR machine and a MagnaPure extractor machine.
“This laboratory is designed to facilitate sample collection, processing, and testing in addition to accepting sample drop-off from resorts. Also with this establishment, a sample drop-off point is also established at the ferry terminal at VIA,” reads a statement by the hospital.
With the establishment of the laboratory, the testing capacity of ADK Hospital is now at 2000 Covid19 PCR tests per day including efficiency gains in turnaround time. Recognizing these gains, the Hospital has also decided to pass the benefit on to the public by reducing the testing prices as well.