Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Centre to states: Limit RAT, use RT-PCR tests – ET HealthWorld


New Delhi: The Centre has asked states to limit the use of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) to only 30-40% and ensure that it does not take precedence over RT-PCR tests.

In a recent letter to states, the Centre said positivity due to RT-PCR was higher than that of RAT in almost all states. “RAT should be used for diagnosis of pre-symptomatic or early symptomatic individuals where the viral load is expected to be high. Their use in patients after 5-7 days of onset of symptoms is not recommended. RAT must not take precedence over RT-PCR tests. The use of RAT should be restricted to 30-40% or less in the states,” health secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director general Balram Bhargava said in the joint letter.

Raising concern over the possibility of lack of consistency in the quality of RAT kits currently available, ICMR has also written to vendors to ensure consistency among different batches and improve the quality of kits wherever possible.

Follow and connect with us on , Facebook, Linkedin





Source link

Latest Articles

Widely used chemical linked to 1,00,000 US deaths per year: Study

NEW YORK: Daily exposure to phthalates, a group of chemicals used in everything from plastic containers to makeup, may lead to approximately 100,000 deaths...

Foods to Reduce Inflammation and Strengthen the Immune System

Did you know that you can greatly reduce inflammation and boost your immune system by simply incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods and beverages into your...

Personal Selling

INTRODUCTION Early sellers and traders were not held in high esteem. The Roman word for salesman meant ‘Cheater’ and...

Building Muscle on a Vegan Diet

There are a lot of  misconceptions surrounding veganism. The notion that those who practice it are lacking in protein and therefore muscles is the...

Electrodes in brain new hope for severe cases of epilepsy

Neurosurgeons at All India Institute of Medical Sciences have devised a new technique for operating on children suffering from a severe form of epilepsy...