Pune: PMC to begin rapid antigen tests soon

ST Staff
Thursday, 2 July 2020

The Pune civic body decided to conduct rapid antigen detection tests for the diagnosis of coronavirus

Pune: The Pune civic body decided to conduct rapid antigen detection tests for the diagnosis of coronavirus. On the occasion of National Doctor's Day (July 1), the Antigen test was started at Pune based Naidu Hospital. As a representative part, one of the patients underwent such a test on Wednesday at the hospital.

Antigen test is an antibody made via a person's bloodstream. The test uses nasal swab samples and allows a quicker diagnosis. It is a test on swabbed nasal samples that notices that are found on or within the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The Pune Municipal Corporation Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad, Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, Health Chief Dr Ramchandra Hankare, Dr Sudhir Patsute were also present. Doctors and other staff who performed and rendered their duty in the coronavirus pandemic time were also honoured on the occasion.

The test will be performed on patients who come in contact with coronavirus infected individuals including, doctors, paramedical staff, pregnant women, suspected patients at COVID Care Centre and Hotspot. If the test is reported positive, then the next regular swab test will be carried out. At present, around 4,000 such antigen tests have been made available and 25 tests are done by one kit. Thus 1 lakh tests will be carried soon.

Currently, people who come in contact with virus-infected individuals are taken to the COVID Centre and their swabs are taken there. These swabs are then sent to the laboratory for testing. However, due to the increase in testing in the last few days, it takes a day or two to get the inspection report.

Talking to Sakal Times Dr Anjali Sabne, Assistant Health Officer, Pune Municipal Corporation said, "Rapid Test kits have been procured as per the proposal approved by the Standing Committee and have been made available to the Municipal areas. Earlier, in the presence of Additional Commissioner Rubel Agarwal, doctors and staff of the health department of the municipality were given training on how to use these kits. This test will help patients to receive timely treatment and prevent infection."

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