Testing is also increasing with the Corona case increasing day by day in the country. People are now getting a large number of tests done. Due to this, the pressure on labs across the country is increasing. In view of such circumstances, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday issued a new advisory on corona testing.
It has been suggested to reduce the pressure on the lab by decreasing the RT-PCR test and increasing the rapid antigen test. The ICMR states that the second wave of infection is under tremendous pressure on testing labs. In such a situation, there is difficulty in completing the target of investigation. Lab workers are also constantly getting infected.
The ICMR said in the advisory that rapid antigen tests should be promoted. It was validated in 2020. It is now being used less. It is being used in the Containment Zone or in some Health Centers. This causes corona infection to be detected in just 20 minutes. Promoting this will reduce the pressure on the labs.
- ICMR suggestions to reduce pressure on labs
- Once positive, no person should be tested with RT-PCR or rapid antigen again.
- The test is not necessary while the patient recovering from corona is discharged.
- If a healthy person is doing inter-state travel then there should be no need to undergo a test. This will reduce the pressure on the lab.
- Those who have symptoms of corona should avoid traveling non-essential. This will make the infection less spread.
- People who do not have corona symptoms should also follow the Kovid Guideline while traveling.
- States should insist on increasing RT-PCR test through mobile systems.
In India, the capacity of 1.5 million tests daily
is more than 20% of the overall positive rate of testing in India. Deaths are getting much higher. To gain control over this, it is important to focus on isolation and home based treatment. There are currently 2506 molecular testing laboratories in India. Many types of tests can be done in these. Combining all of this, 1.5 million tests can be done daily in India.
ICMR said this on rapid test
- Booths should be arranged for rapid antigen testing at many places in cities and towns.
- Testing should be done seven days and 24 hours in these booths.
- Rapid antigen test should also be arranged in school-college and community center.
- Rapid tests should be included in private and government healthcare facilities.