US to Provide 4 Mobile Laboratories to Strengthen COVID-19 Testing in Pakistan


by Naba Batool

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According to the US embassy, USAID has successfully donated four mobile laboratories to the Pakistan National Institute of Health. The combined worth of these mobile testing laboratories is $4.6 million. This aid is to help strengthen Pakistan’s capacity to diagnose COVID-19 and tackle the issue of communicable diseases.


These mobile devices which are allotted to aid in testing will surely help to optimize the overall accuracy of diagnosis. The testing laboratories will also enhance the efficiency of healthcare workers in order to protect their integrity and work ethics. The aid is specially provided to the people in remote locations who have limited access to the testing facilities.

Mr. Abdul Qdir Patel who is the Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination, and US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome both presided over the ceremony and handed out the state-of-the-art testing facilities to the NIH.

Blome praised the Pakistani health officials and governmental efforts to tackle the ongoing pandemic situation in the country. He also commented that Pakistan and the US collaborated for the past 75 years. The bilateral relations between the two countries are applause-worthy.

This also caters to the provision of new tools so that the country can respond quickly to such matters.

“These mobile laboratories will strengthen the diagnostic capacity of provincial health departments. They will enable the government to respond quickly and effectively in hard-to-reach remote areas during emergencies, an outbreak, or an epidemic.”

USAID has been working in close contact with Pakistan’s Health authorities to bring out the best health facilities to the local audience. The US has also provided 61.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan.

In the meanwhile, Pakistan still suffers from a rapid rise in COVID-19 amid Eid-ul-Adha. Thus the local authorities are gearing up to bring out a new set of guidelines for public gatherings.