Covid-19: Punjab performs 10,000 RT-PCR tests in one week

CHANDIGARH: Under the scanner for not doing enough testing, the Punjab government crossed the number of 20,000 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests on Saturday.

Delayed on the Covid-19 tests, the health department had set testing targets for each district, which helped improve the testing rate. According to official figures, the state had tested 10,000 samples before April 25 and conducted 10,000 additional tests in just 7 days to complete 20,000 tests by May 2. Improved testing has led to an increase in testing per million, said additional chief secretary Vini Mahajan

The health department has helped the state expand its tests to 1,500 per day, which Prime Minister Captain Amarinder Singh It has ordered that they be increased to 6,000 per day in mid-May, to cope with the avalanche of migrants and other Punjabi who are expected to return home in the coming days, Mahajan said.

To further increase testing capacity in the state, a proposal was sent to the Government of India to establish 4 new laboratories in the Barnala, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur district hospitals. In addition, a proposal to acquire 15 TruNaat machines has also been moved, and the state is also considering starting CBNaat tests, and Faridkot informed Mahajan.

In order to improve surveillance, the Department of Health and Family Welfare has also established 225 places of influenza throughout the state in district hospitals, subdivision hospitals, community health centers, and primary health centers.

All medical personnel have received adequate training to ensure a smooth sample collection process. All required protective equipment such as N95 PPE/Mask kits have been provided to all health care jobs to ensure your complete safety.