State to receive 4000 rapid tests kits to carry out antibodies tests

SHILLONG, Apr 17: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma has informed that the state will receive 4,000 rapid tests kits to carry out antibodies test.

“At the same time we have also ordered separately from private companies and will be receiving another 20,000 which is stuck with in the factory because of some MEA clearance which we are which we are working on,” the Chief Minister said.

According to him, the antibodies test is a quicker way to get faster results but the accuracy level is not as high as the PCR test.

“It is a quicker way, but not as accurate but given the circumstances most of the countries are going for that and definitely as a state and as a country we are moving forward in that line and more and more such tests will be conducted in the future,” the Chief Minister said.

He also informed that nasal swab and throat swab through the PCRs is the most accurate way of getting a result.

The Chief Minister informed that it is more expensive and the kits are in lesser supply and also time consuming and for primary contact cases such tests are being done.

He also informed that another test that can be done is the pool testing wherein about 4-5 persons swabs will be put into a pool and tested.

“We are able to save the time and the effort and the use of the kits are in a more efficient manner so those are being done in the secondary cases,” he informed.

The Chief Minister also informed that the state government is working with ICMR to allow Nazareth Hospital to become one of the testing centers. Currently, the only testing centre in the state is NEIGRIHMS hospital.

“This requires a lot of protocol and lot of formalities. Different kind of documents are to be submitted and we are working on them at a very fast rate. We hope that we get a positive response of that from the ICMR are very soon,” he said.

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