Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has procured one lakh kits to conduct rapid COVID-tests of the high-risk category of persons including pregnant women, persons with comorbidities related to heart, kidney, etc. The rapid tests report will be available in 30 minutes and thus will help the doctors to decide the next line of treatment on COVID-patients. This will also help the PMC to reduce the infection-mortality rate of COVID-19 cases in the city.
PMC has procured these kits from a company certified by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). PMC has paid Rs 450 for each kit. These kits will be used on a trial basis for now and if they prove useful more such kits will be procured.
The PMC lab technicians will be conducting these tests in the next two days on the suspected persons. The technicians are being trained to conduct these tests. PMC has also planned to conduct these tests at the ward-level swab collection centres, COVID Care Centres (CCC) and the civic-body run maternity hospitals in the city.
PMC has also increased the swab collections at ward levels in the city. But the report for these swab tests is received in 24 to 30 hours. Till the report arrives, doctors can't decide the treatment to be given to the concerned patient. This has resulted in many cases turning serious. Besides, pregnant women are not even admitted to nursing homes until their COVID-test reports are received.
Treatment for persons with comorbidities related to heart, kidney and other serious ailments are also being delayed to the late reports of Covid-19 tests. This has resulted in multiple frictions between the hospital management and relatives of patients.
Rubal Agarwal, Additional Commissioner of PMC said, "The rapid tests will be performed on patients to their treatment on COVID or any other disease should not be affected. Pregnant women will benefit the most from the rapid tests."
Dr Anjali Sabane, Assistant Health Chief of PMC said, "The rapid tests will be done as per Indian Council of Medical Research guidelines. If we get the test report in half-hour, it will be easier for the treating doctor to decide the line of treatment for the concerned patient."