Punjab begins rapid Covid -19 tests in Mohali, Jalandhar

Chandigarh: Taking its battle against COVID-19 to the next level, the Punjab Government on Tuesday launched Rapid Testing facility from two districts of the state, with the aim of eventually covering all the 17 hotspots in a phase manner.

The facility was launched by Punjab’s Health & Family Welfare Minister S. Balbir Singh Sidhu at SDH Dera Bassi, with commencement of sampling.

ACS Vini Mahajan said the state government had received 1000 Rapid Testing Kits for COVID-19 testing today from the ICMR. The two districts of SAS 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 rapid testing kits.

The testing would initially be done for all patients attending flu corners of Government health facilities, who have 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. A portal has been created by Department of Health – www.covid-19punjab.in – for gathering real-time information on testing and recording patient’s profile.

The state government has ordered 10 lakh such Rapid Testing Kits from the ICMR, with inquiries raised for another 10000 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.

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