Rapid antigen testing started at SDH Uri

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The health authorities here have started rapid antigen testing at Sub-District Hospital (SDH) to ensure availability of COVID reports.

“We started the facility last week and so far we have conducted 102 tests in Uri of which five turned out positive,” said Block Medical Officer (BMO) Uri, Muhammad Ramzan,

He said the tests were carried out on patients of emergency nature including pregnant women, people with travel history and those with mild symptoms. “The results become available within an hour,” he said.

A health official said the facility was started after there was hue and cry by people for delay in getting the reports. Rapid antigen testing has also been started at Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Boniyar Tehsil. “So far we have conducted 33 tests of which five samples came out positive,” said BMO Boniyar, Parvaiz Masoodi.

Locals have heaved a sigh of relief as the tests reprints become available on fast-track basis. Locals in Uri demanded that the testing should be carried out mass level.