Mon district to start rapid antigen tests

Mon district to start rapid antigen tests
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/29/2020 1:00:47 PM IST

In order to ramp up testing in Mon district and ease the time taken for receiving confirmation from ICMR- Regional Medical Research Centre Dibrugarh, Transport & Communication, Civil Aviation & Land Resources minister P Paiwang Konyak has ordered 625 rapid antigen and confirmatory test kits.

The antigen-based testing kits, donated by Paiwang, have been purchased for Rs 4,50,000, all of which are expected to reach this week. Centre along with the Indian Council of Medical Research on Monday planned to use the rapid antigen-based COVID-19 method to push the more rigorous RT-PCR test for detection of the virus.

“Antigen based test is a rapid point-of-care test that can be done on the spot without posing a biosafety hazard as it doesn’t deal with analyzing a live virus,” a senior ICMR official said, adding it could help to determine an ongoing infection quickly.

ICMR and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have independently evaluated the efficiency of antigen testing kit in detecting COVID-19 coronavirus infection, after which ICMR approved and allowed all States to start using rapid antigen testing kits.

According to reports, the antigen test kit developed by South Korean biotechnology firm SD Biosensor has been found to have a very high specificity with moderate sensitivity that can show results within 30 minutes.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, Paiwang said taking samples to ICMR Dibrugarh for confirmation of tests took many days even as the spike of COVID-19 cases in the district was alarming, because of which he said he felt the need to have more testing kits whereby tests could be done and confirmed in the district itself within a day.

DC, SP and barber test negative: Confirming that Mon DC, SP and the barber who gave the duo haircuts had tested negative, Paiwang said a second test would be conducted in the next few days. And only after the second tests confirm their negative status, the DC and SP would resume their duties, he added.

All returnees to be tested: He said inmates of COVID Care Centre, Mon would be compulsorily tested, even as 248 returnees out of 1,397 from the district had been released as they had all tested negative.

Considering the extended number of days in quarantine centre for Mon district, the huge number of returnees and the increase in COVID positive cases, including frontline workers, Paiwang opined that additional funds should be allocated. He also expressed concern for other districts having more positive cases and stated that additional funds should be given so that proper management and containment of the such cases could be efficiently carried out.

Meanwhile, the minister held a meeting with the district administration, police and representatives of Konyak Union (KU) and Konyak Baptist Bumeinok Bangjum (KBBB), an organisation of Baptist churches, at Walo Guest House, Mon to take stock of the current situation.

During the meeting, he announced one-month salary for 13 employees of Mon district hospital, who are on a fixed pay, totalling Rs 65,000.

He informed the meeting that test on the first contact people in containment zones had already started, adding that no positive case had been reported until now. 

Paiwang appreciated Konyak Students Union (KSU) for revoking its decision and deciding to work together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged the union to work and sacrifice for the wellbeing of the citizens of Mon district.

He also acknowledged Hongnaw Konyak for his humanitarian work towards the people of Mon district by providing free ambulance service 24X7 and appealed to the citizens to follow his exemplary footsteps.

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