Jamshedpur, Oct 16: Tata Main Hospital ( TMH) has decided to start ‘on demand’ testing comprising RT-PCR, Antigen and Antibody tests from October 19. The idea is to give more flexibility and facilitate enhanced ease of testing.
“Anyone wanting to get his or her tests done can approach the hospital directly. For the first time, along with more simplified modalities, the ‘on demand’ testing is being started in order to ensure higher levels of testing,” said Dr Rajan Choudhry, advisor,TMH and former general manager, medical services, Tata Steel, during a telephonic press meet.
He went on to inform that the charges for RT-PCR will be Rs 1500 while for other two tests Rs 1000 each. The results for RT-PCR will be given in 24 hours, while other tests will take 4 hours each. The charges for RT-PCR will be Rs 1500 while for Antigen and Antibody tests Rs 1000 each.
Meanwhile, the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients has improved from 84.17 to 87. 17 per cent this week at the city-based Tata Main Hospital (TMH).
Dr Choudhry said that the city the spread of virus is reducing but we need to be careful. The admissions at the hospital reduced from 150 last week to 62 this week. Number of deaths has also reduced from 13 last week to 5 this week. A total of 120 patients above 80 years have recovered from the virus. The hospital has witnessed 343 deaths till date.
The positive sign of improvement is also reflected from the fact that the positivity rate in RT-PCR tests has reduced from to 30 per cent to 6 per cent and Antigen Test has come down from 3.80 to 1.90 per cent.
The advisor also went on to inform that TMH has set up a post Covid19 care clinic at its OPD and till date 113 patients have received the benefit. The advisor informed that several patients who have recovered from COVID-19 are showing signs of lethargy, joint pains, difficulty in breathing, itching and other skin related diseases. Starting from Monday, the hospital will also start its super specialty OPD.
During a telephonic press meet, the Dr Rajan Choudhry former general manager, medical services, Tata Steel, said that the spurt in coronavirus cases has reduced and it is important for the general public to stay away from crowds during the festivals.
Answering queries, Dr Rajan Choudhry, said that during the upcoming Durga Puja it is important for the people to avoid crowding. “We should celebrate the festival with family and friends but we must avoid crowding. We must adhere to social distancing and wear masks,” he noted.
“We have witnessed a rise in cases during August and September. The intensity of the virus has reduced. In order to ensure safety during the coming months it is really very important for people to stay away from the crowd. They should avoid gathering in rituals and celebrate the festival with their family members,” he noted.