The Maharashtra authorities on Friday has issued recent protocol for Covid-19 testing within the state. It has directed to conduction of reverse transcription-polymerase chain response (RT -PCR) exams on international vacationers arriving within the state, folks having signs however with adverse antigen check studies and high-risk contacts of Covid-19 sufferers. It has additional directed medical amenities to conduct antigen exams on sufferers in want of fast remedy and TrueNAT exams for these requiring emergency operations, pregnant girls and individuals introduced lifeless to hospitals.
Following recent tips issued by the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR) and contemplating the fast rise in circumstances, the state well being division has formulated its new protocol for Covid testing.
“We’ve decided a brand new algorithm for conducting Covid-19 exams and have divided folks into three teams. Now, antigen exams needs to be performed on sufferers needing emergency remedy in order that it may be began inside half an hour,” says the order issued by Dr Pradeep Vyas, principal secretary, state well being division on August 21.
Earlier, the state had allowed amenities to conduct antigen exams on sufferers with extreme signs, comorbidities and pregnant girls.
“RT-PCR exams needs to be performed on all travellers coming from international nations; these having signs however their antigen check report is adverse, and all shut contacts and high-risk contacts of a Covid-19 optimistic affected person,” the order states.
It has directed native authorities to not conduct exams on folks travelling to villages if they don’t present Covid signs.
The state authorities has additional directed native authorities to conduct one check per affected person, following ICMR tips, because it has come to gentle that some sufferers are being examined a number of occasions. “This not solely places pressure on the prevailing infrastructure but additionally carry extra burden on the state exchequer,” the order states.
“TrueNAT exams needs to be performed earlier than emergency surgical procedures, for pregnant girls and individuals introduced lifeless to hospitals. In case TrueNAT isn’t accessible, then the antigen check may be performed on them,” it reads.
Sufferers admitted to psychological hospitals needs to be quarantined for per week, following which antigen exams needs to be performed. Primarily based on the check report, the affected person needs to be moved to an isolation ward or Covid ward. Equally, new jail inmates needs to be quarantined for per week earlier than getting examined. Primarily based on the check report they need to be moved to an isolation ward or Covid ward, it added.