Mon district to begin antibody testing

Mon district to begin antibody testing
Health officials collecting blood sample of Paiwang. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/6/2020 12:09:28 PM IST

After successfully installing TrueNat machine and rapid antigent test kits, Mon district has introduced antibody test kit to determine if a person was previously infected or indicative of adaptive immunity. 

Minister in charge of Mon district P Paiwang Konyak launched the antibody test kits (IgG) named “Corona Kanach” manufactured by Zydus Cadila and approved by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at Walo Guest House, Mon on Wednesday evening during a meeting with District Task Force (DTF) and civil society groups.
He was also the first person to get the antibody testing done.
Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which may tell you if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. But it may not work for everyone, as some people who have had the virus do not have antibodies. According to CDC, a positive test result shows you may have antibodies from an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, there is a chance a positive result means that you have antibodies from an infection with a virus from the same family of viruses (called coronaviruses), such as the one that causes the common cold.
Each antibody test kit cost approximately Rs 27,000 and one kit can test around 97 samples.
Paiwang had donated Rs. 2.8 lakh for the purchase of the antibody test kits while Nagaland chief minister Neiphui Rio had also donated Rs 5 lakh to Konyak Union for implementation of the COVID-19 Adaptive Response (CARE) model adopted by the DTF and Empowered Committee.
Paiwang also informed that the Hans Foundation had adopted Tizit Community Health Centre and also donated a state-of-art Advanced Life Support Ambulance to the District Hospital, Mon worth around Rs. 33 lakhs and Rs. 11 lakhs worth of equipment.

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