In between the dearth of the fast testing equipment in India, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has advised states not to use rapid testing kits for two days. ICMR’s R. Gangakhedkar informed in the regular press conference that there were many differences in the results. Due to this, advisory will be issued in 2 days after testing by ground teams.

The decision has been taken when a state reported the case of faulty results from the kits used. The Rajasthan government on Tuesday stopped using rapid testing kits to check for Coronavirus infection as the test results were not found to be correct. Health Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma said that a report about the results of the tests from these kits was sent to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). According to the minister, only 5 percent of the results are right or valid from this kit. This is indeed a matter of concern, as Rajasthan is the first one to use the Rapid testing kits.

Rapid Test Kits

Here the West Bengal government has also claimed that ICMR has sent a large number of defective kits. On April 19, the Health and Family Welfare Department of Bengal alleged that corona tests were being conducted with bad kits. However, Dr. Raman said that these kits are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of America and their standard is very good. He said that these kits need to be kept in a place below 20 degree temperature, otherwise its results may come wrong. It’s interesting to know that these kits were sourced from China.

The representative of ICMR said on Tuesday that 4,49,810 samples have been tested so far. Yesterday, 35,852 samples were tested, of which 29,776 samples were tested in 201 ICMR Network Lab and the remaining 6,076 samples were tested in 86 private laboratories. R. Gangakhedkar told that this is a new disease science has developed in the last three and a half months and we also started PCR tests. 5 vaccines have moved to the human testing phase. This has never happened in the case of any other disease before.

Here ICMR has put out a new strategy for COVID19 testing for pregnant women, since they are more likely to be susceptible to the infection. It states that “Pregnant women residing in clusters/containment areas or in large migration gatherings/evacuees center from hotspot districts presenting in labor or likely to deliver in next 5 days should be tested even if asymptomatic”.

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