ICMR approves Korean rapid testing kits in AP

By Gopal.T Apr. 23, 2020, 04:54 pm IST
ICMR approves Korean rapid testing kits in AP

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved rapid testing kits arrived from South Korea and the COVID-19 tests will be continued as per protocol.

This was revealed at a review meeting, chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy here on Thursday. The officials told the Chief Minister that so far 48,034 tests have been conducted of which 6,520 were held on Wednesday. Andhra Pradesh tops in the country with 961 COVID-19 tests per million population. Chief Minister appreciated the officials for the effective measures and instructed them to scale up the number of tests gradually.

Of the 14,423 tests conducted using the rapid testing kits, 11,543 were done in red zones and 30 positive cases identified. The samples with are sent to PCR tests for confirmation, said officials.

Instructing the officials on tackling the situation, the Chief Minister asked the officials to prioritize Thallasemia, cancer, and dialysis patients. The 104 services should be alert and pregnancy cases should be attended to without delay. . With concern to the agriculture sector, he instructed the officials to ensure that 1902 toll-free services are fully functional. Details on crop prices and other crop-related issues should be collected from agriculture assistant in villages where farmers can report their issues. He ordered the officials to supply varieties of fruits for Rs 100 and make it a continuous process. Apart from these, Chief Minister ordered the officials to identify land for the construction of proposed new medical colleges in the state.

With concern to the fake news being published in newspapers, the officials told Chief Minister that musk melon crop left in the field in Guntur district and bananas from Kadapa being damaged after reaching Vijayawada Rythu Bazaars, both the issues were falsely reported in the newspapers. The farmers revealed the fact that the two earlier crops in the musk melon farm have received Minimum Support Price and the third crop was crumbled and left in the field as it could not have made to transportation charges. The bananas from Kadapa are being sent to local Rythu Bazaars from Vijayawada Rythu Bazaar. Another alarming news being falsely reported in newspapers without any information from the concerned officials is hiding the COVID-19 positive cases.

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