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Antigen test not 100 per cent accurate: M’laya HC

Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 26 | Publish Date: 8/26/2020 12:55:49 PM IST
A division bench of the Meghalaya High Court has observed that the Rapid Antigen test was not 100 per cent accurate and only RT-PCR test detects COVID-19 infection correctly.
“The efficacy of the Rapid Antigen Test is not 100 per cent accurate as has been reported and also recorded by the High Court of Delhi... The gold standard test it seems which is affirmed by the experts, is the RT-PCR Test which correctly indicates infection if any,” Justice Hamarsan Singh Thangkhiew and Justice Wanlura Diengdoh noted in their order issued on August 24. During a hearing on the ongoing pandemic, the bench suggested that private hospitals in the State capital should have the facility to conduct RT-PCR Tests keeping the imminent possibility of the occurrence of a community spread of the disease in mind especially in Shillong.
Apart from Nazareth Hospital which has started the CBNAAT (RT-PCR based) testing facility, the other three private hospitals -- H.G. Robert Hospital, Bethany Hospital and Woodland Hospital -- are conducting Antigen Test.
“It would therefore be expedient, if along the lines of Nazareth Hospital, that other private health institutions also are equipped with this facility,” the Court suggested. On setting up Plasma Bank in the State, it was noted that NEIGRIHMS was awaiting the engineer for installation of the machine and the license to operate the Plasma Bank
 

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