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ICMR permits states to utilize native labs – Home Health Choices

PUNE: The ICMR has allowed states to take assist of native laboratories and never simply rely upon the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)-accredited services to hold out the speedy antigen assessments.

As many as 1,751 laboratories within the nation are at present conducting assessments. “Every state has the right to take a decision on the rapid antigen tests, as it does not require a sophisticated laboratory setting,” a senior Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) official stated on Friday.

“The first Covid-19 swab sample was tested on January 23 at the ICMR laboratory. Now, we have 1,751 laboratories — 1,059 are run by the government and 692 are private facilities,” the official stated. On a mean, the nation is conducting a million assessments a day to diagnose Covid-19 circumstances for the previous three weeks.

Maharashtra well being officers acknowledged that they’ve left it to the native authorities’ discretion to make use of the non-public laboratories for ramping up the assessments. State director of well being Archana Patil advised TOI, “The local administration can decide and coordinate with the laboratories to carry out the tests. This will ease the pressure on the regular laboratories.”

Public well being professional R Jotkar stated, “The test positivity in Maharashtra is around 20%. This calls for more testing till the positivity lowers below 10%.”

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