CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government on Friday issued the brand new advisory for COVID-19 Testing during 2nd wave of Pandemic.
Giving particulars right here, the Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu stated that Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has issued new the rules whereby measures to optimize the RT-PCR testing and concurrently enhance entry and availability of testing has been communicated.
Sidhu stated that at current the laboratories are going through challenges to fulfill the anticipated testing goal resulting from extraordinary case load and workers getting contaminated with COVID-19. In view of this case, it’s crucial to optimize the RTPCR testing and concurrently improve the entry and availability of testing to all residents.
Recommending the measures to optimize RTPCR testing, he stated that now, RTPCR take a look at should not be repeated in any particular person who has examined optimistic as soon as both by RAT or RTPCR. Similarly, no testing is required for COVID-19 recovered people on the time of hospital discharge in accordance with the discharge coverage of MOH & FW.
Sidhu stated that measures to enhance entry and availability of testing: Rapid antigen checks (RATS) had been really useful in India for COVID-19 testing in June 2020. However, the usage of these checks is at the moment restricted to containment zones and well being care settings. RAT has a brief turnaround time of 15-Half-hour and thus affords an enormous benefit of fast detection of instances and alternative to isolate and deal with them early for curbing transmission.
The Health Minister stated that RAT testing should be performed in compliance with the ICMR advisory out there and symptomatic people recognized optimistic by RAT shouldn’t be re-tested and suggested to undergo home-based care as per ICMR tips. He stated that symptomatic people recognized unfavorable by RAT ought to be linked with RTPCR take a look at facility and within the meantime be urged to comply with residence isolation and therapy.
He stated that RAT take a look at outcomes ought to be uploaded on ICMR portal by all Govt. and Private labs. The vaccination standing of all people examined for COVID-19 should be entered into the Sample Referral Form (SRF) within the RTPCR app each for people examined by RTPCR and RAT.