Antigen assessments for Covid discovered tobe defective, well being min targets ICMR | Jaipur Information

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Jaipur: Identical to fast antibody assessments, the antigen assessments for Covid-19 too have failed to provide appropriate ends in 50% of the samples examined within the state. The validation of antigen assessments is occurring at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital. Of the 100 samples that examined optimistic for Covid in RT-PCR assessments, 50 are proven as detrimental in antigen assessments.
Whereas the fast antibody take a look at kits have been imported from China, the antigen take a look at kits have been purchased from Korea.
Well being minister Raghu Sharma expressed his anger and accused the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR) of taking part in with the well being of individuals by permitting firms whose kits had failed to produce the identical. “At a time when the nation is witnessing 55,000 new infections each day, such type of experimentation by ICMR is fallacious. Why is that this ‘tamasha’ taking place time and again,” requested Sharma, whereas pointing to the failure of fast take a look at kits from China promoted earlier by ICMR.
“In Delhi, they’re conducting 6,000 RT-PCR assessments and 12 antigen assessments each day,” mentioned Sharma.
The state authorities additionally accused ICMR of not sending the antigen take a look at kits instantly for validation regardless of repeated requests. The well being division officers managed to get 200 antigen take a look at kits, manufactured by a Korean firm licensed by ICMR, from a non-public hospital in Jaipur.
“We acquired 200 antigen take a look at kits from a non-public hospital. Up to now, we now have accomplished validation work of 100 kits. These 100 kits have been used on samples which have already examined optimistic for Covid in RT-PCR assessments, which is the gold normal. The antigen take a look at kits confirmed 50 of them as detrimental. The antigen take a look at is exhibiting detrimental for individuals who have examined optimistic for Covid,” mentioned Sharma.
As soon as the validation work of 200 antigen take a look at kits is over, the state authorities will write to ICMR concerning the outcomes.
“Earlier, we had knowledgeable ICMR concerning the defective fast take a look at kits imported from China, which have been later changed. After that, ICMR had withdrawn the fast take a look at kits from throughout the nation,” mentioned Sharma.
The state authorities has developed amenities for testing greater than 42,000 samples although RT-RCR assessments each day. Presently, it’s testing 30,000 samples by means of such assessments each day.

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