Jamshedpur, Sept. 24: The district health department has set mobile rapid antigen testing vans in motion in the city for quick detection of COVID cases, said an official on Thursday.
About 9 testing vans equipped with testing kits, doctors, health staff have started moving to places specially containment zones to test people feared to be affected by the virus.
The move will now enable symptomatic primary contacts, senior citizens and people with comorbidities to get them tested at their doorstep for a COVID test.
“About 9 vans have been rolled in the city. The plan is to visit containment zones and detect cases quickly. The testing vans will now enable symptomatic primary contacts, senior citizens to undergo a Covid test at their door steps. If the throat and nasal swabs test negative, they will be sent to the nearest RTPCR testing facility for further determination. A mobile testing facility with a team of three people will be on standby in each of the city’s zones to attend to symptomatic cases” said, East Singhbhum district surveillance officer, Dr Sahir Pall.
He went on to add that they are requesting people to shed hesitation and fear and get themselves tested. The department is also conducting regular awareness drives to make people understand the importance of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
Another official said the administration had previously directed random tests for some sections of society on priority. Now the plan is to target those who are regular in touch with the crowd.
He went on to add that the administration has decided to test everyone in the district to prevent community spread of the disease. More tests would only help the administration to prevent further spread of the disease. He added it was the responsibility of the government as well as individuals to contain the spread of COVID19.
Meanwhile, East Singhbhum has crossed 12500 COVID-19 positive cases in just four months. The active cases are around 2000. The recovery rate of the patient has also improved to 82.4 per cent in the district.