Punjab starts rapid testing from two hotspot districts
Chandigarh, pril 14 (INS) Taking its battle against Covid-19 to the next level, the Punjab government on Tuesday launched a rapid testing facility from two hotspot districts of the state, with the aim of eventually covering all 17 hotspots in a phased manner.
The facility was launched by Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu from Dera Bassi town in Mohali district, with commencement of sampling.
dditional Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan said the state government had received 1,000 rapid testing kits for COVID-19 testing from the ICMR.
The two districts of SS Nagar (Mohali) and Jalandhar have been given 500 kits each to start the testing process, she said, adding that the facility is likely to be extended to other districts, according to the situation of suspected cases and availability of the rapid testing kits.
The testing would initially be done for all patients attending ‘flu corners’ of government health facilities, and having symptoms for more than seven days.
The test is simply done with a single prick to take a blood sample and the result is available in 15 minutes.
Instructions have been given to the districts to submit daily reports of the tests conducted along with the results.
portal has been created by the Department of Health — www.covid-19punjab.in — for gathering real-time information on testing and recording the patient’s profile.
The state government has ordered 10 lakh such rapid testing kits from the ICMR, with inquiries raised for another 10,000 in the open market.
With testing the key to controlling the spread of the pandemic, the government is planning to continuously expand its testing facilities, including that of rapid testing, over the next few days.