Ernakulam: A Kerala hospital has developed a walk-in kiosk for safer sample collection in the wake of the novel coronavirus. Ernakulam district administration has built two kiosks under the leadership of Ernakulam Medical College RMO Dr Ganesh Mohan.

The aim of the kiosk is to collect samples of patients, suspected of contracting the novel coronavirus, in the absence of personal protective equipment (PPEs).

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Using the kiosks, which can be transported easily, health officials can collect samples for COVID-19 tests without having to wear protection kits. A sample can be collected in just two minutes.

The health staff designated to collect the samples can stand inside this kiosk and collect the throat swabs without directly exposing themselves. The exposed portion of the hand gloves needs to be sanitised after someone uses it. It costs Rs 40,000 to build one walk-in kiosk.