Govt begins use of antibody tests in corona hotspots

To check community spread of COVID19 and take remedial measures on fast track basis in the identified red zones across Jammu and Kashmir, the government would use Rapid Antibody Tests kits received from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology at Government Medical College Jammu, DrShashi informed this while elaborating on measures being implemented by the GMC to contain the spread of this pandemic.

“This rapid antibody based blood test will conduct community and cluster screening to detect possible carriers of Novel Corona virus besides helping to know the impact of virus in the identified red zones,” she said.

She informed that the test does not prove whether a person was positive or negative for COVID19 at a given point of time but will only detect presence or absence of anti-bodies against COVID19 in a person to tell that the person has been exposed already to the virus  and assess the seroprevalence .

“The aim of the rapid test is not diagnosis but with these tests we will come to know whether the coronavirus has got established in a community in the identified red zones,” she said.

In this regard, the necessary training for health professionals will start tomorrow. Pertinently, the ICMR has advised antibody tests in COVID19 hotspots which will ensure faster detection of cases and clusters and guide the authorities to further focus the hotspots to contain community spread.

She added the central reference agencies were issuing guidelines from time to time in order to improve things and they were trying best to implement those guidelines with utmost care.

She said all the departments were working in a coordinated manner in the battle against the novel agent.