A devoted laboratory to check samples for Covid-19 was arrange first at KIMS after it emerged the primary resident in Dharwad to be confirmed contaminated – within the second week of March – had travelled to a number of non-public hospitals earlier than it was learnt that he was optimistic for the novel coronavirus. KIMS was additionally designated a Covid Care Centre (CCC). Nonetheless, mounting circumstances in Dharwad and neighbouring districts of Koppal, Ballari, Gadag, Haveri, Uttara Kannada and Bagalkot – samples had been being dispatched from all these districts to KIMS – meant that the laboratory was too overburdened.
Recognising the necessity for distributing this burden, then Dharwad deputy commissioner Deepa Cholan and MP Pralhad Joshi submitted a proposal to ICMR looking for permission to arrange a lab at Dimhans. Whereas throat and nostril swabs collected from Dharwad residents had been nonetheless being examined at KIMS, swab samples collected from residents of different districts had been despatched to the laboratory at Dimhans.
The laboratory at Dimhans has, as on October 20, performed one lakh assessments for Covid-19. On common, round a 1,000 samples are being examined each day for Covid-19 on the laboratory, mentioned Dimhans director Dr Mahesh Desai.