“The Indian Medical Research Council has set a target to conduct about 1 lakh tests across the country per day. For this crucial work, India Post, with its huge network of 1,56,000 post offices, has once again turned into a COVID warrior , “the statement said.
Delivery of kits to all parts of India has become a high priority, it said, adding that the government is taking all measures to ensure timely delivery of the test kits.
While Post continues to raise money for people’s doorstep through Aadhaar-enabled payment system, India Post has partnered with ICMR to deliver its COVID-19 test kits from its 16 regional depots to the 200 additional laboratories designated for COVID cross-country testing, it said.
Once the sets are received at these 16 depots (located in 14 postal circles / states), they must be distributed to different laboratories in the same or neighboring states.
The circles have made necessary agreements with schedules for the priority transportation of shipments to the affected laboratories, either according to the existing system or new arrangements as required, and have communicated the same to the ICMR nodal commanders.
The delivery information is shared with the laboratories daily through WhatsApp.
“A Google spreadsheet has been shared with all nodal officers to update the details of booking and delivering the test kits to mark any operational errors,” it added.
India Post has delivered shipments in Kolkata, Ranchi, Patna, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Imphal and Aizawl, among others. These sets come packaged in dry ice, the statement states.
Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “I appreciate this renewed commitment and partnership between the ICMR and the Department of Post. India Post has provided mails, medicines, financial assistance at the door and even distribution of food and ration to the needy during Lockdown. ”
I added the postman from India Post has risen to the occasion and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the nation during these challenging times. Prasad also urged the department not to let any stones be turned in terms of timely delivery of medicines, test kits and other medical equipment.
The release further noted that the staff of India Post work around the clock to ensure timely deliveries.
“In fact, when we go up to the duty call, delivery is already happening at 11:30 am. India Post is committed to ensuring that kits are delivered according to requirements, even in far-flung areas such as Zoram Medical College, Meghalaya,” the statement added .