COVID-19: stops using Chinese rapid test kits for 2 days, says ICMR after complaints of faulty kits emerge

COVID-19: stops using Chinese rapid test kits for 2 days, says ICMR after complaints of faulty kits emerge

COVID-19: stops using Chinese rapid test kits for 2 days, says ICMR after complaints of faulty kits emerge

The Indian council of medical research on Tuesday told states to stop using the newly -distributed Chinese rapid testing kits to detect coronavirus for the next two days after huge variation in the accuracy of results were noticed across regions. Addressing its daily briefing on COVID -19, head of Epidemiology and Communicable Disease at ICMR Raman R Gangakhedkar said, “We got a complaint from less detection from the state .So we spoke to three states and found that a lot of variation in their inaccuracy of test results of positive samples, in some places it is 6 % while others it is 71 %.”

HIGHLIGHTS

*Rajasthan had complained of insurances in rapid test kit results

*As per ICMR,variation in accuracy of results range from 6-71 per cent

*ICMR will be sending expert teams on fields to test the new kits

“There is not a good thing because when such a huge variation is seen we need to investigate further even if it is the first generation of the test. This disease is only 3.5 months -old so all technology will be refined over time but we can’t ignore these findings, “he added.

He also added that over the next two days the ICMR will be sending eight experts teams on the field for the next two days”,Gangakhedkar said.THe ICMR also said it will raise an issue with the manufacture of the kits if results continue to be faulty .

Earlier on Tuesday, the Rajasthan government stopped using the Chinese rapid test kits for coronavirus after they delivered inaccurate results.The state’s health minister Raghu Sharma said the kits gave only 5.4% accurate results against the expectation of 90% accuracy and therefore kits were no benefit ,adding that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)has been informed about the issue .

The ICMR had also received complaints related to repeat testing of patients in West Bengal as the RT-PCR kits were not working properly. India procured 5 lakh rapid antibody last week and these were distributed to states for the districts with a high burden of the infection.

The rapid testing kits ,through which blood samples are tested ,were aimed at speeding up screening and detection of suspected coronavirus patients as they take less time to show results in comparison to the swab-based test carried out in pathalogy labs .

This is different from the RT-PCR kit which is currently used for confirming cases and rely on molecular data. The RT-PCR test is the gold standard for the frontline test for COVID-19. The rapid kit test was not a confirmatory test and PCR based test was required for confirmation of positive results.

Unnati Tiwari

Unnati Tiwari is a content writer with focus on new technology. She is passionate about helping people to accomplish their needs.,Pursing Graduation from Banasthali University . "Your time is limited , so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma- which is living with the result of other people thinking .Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.They somehow already know what you truly want to become ."

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