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States can get rapid testing kits from 13 ICMR-validated firms: Centre

Nagpur: State governments can now straight procure speedy antibody take a look at kits from the 13 validated Indian firms to hold out surveillance testing for COVID-19, Centre knowledgeable the Bombay Excessive Court docket on Tuesday.

Earlier, these kits needed to be procured by means of the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR).

Justice R B Deo of the HC’s Nagpur bench was listening to a petition filed by one Shrivaray Kulkarni that raised considerations in regards to the method through which COVID-19 sufferers had been being examined at hospitals in Maharashtra’s Amravati district.

Further Solicitor Normal A U Aurangabadkar knowledgeable the courtroom that the ICMR had validated 13 Indian firms for manufacturing speedy antibody take a look at kits and the state governments can procure these straight from them.

“In view of this, the court expects Maharashtra to forthwith procure the kits from the companies whose products are validated by the ICMR. It is expected that the state government shall procure the kits without being fettered by either red-tapism or the standard operating procedure or protocol of inviting quotations/tenders,” the courtroom stated.

The courtroom was instructed that at current it’s unclear as to who will bear the price of these kits.

Justice Deo then stated the state authorities’s efforts at this stage must be result-centric and it might at all times pay and get well the fee later if the ICMR was accountable to bear the expenditure.

“It is now beyond doubt that the rapid antibody test kits are needed at least for surveillance and preliminary screening and the availability thereof would assist the administration to combat the epidemic effectively,” Justice Deo stated.

The petitioner knowledgeable the courtroom that hospitals weren’t testing high-risk contacts of COVID-19 optimistic sufferers.

The courtroom famous that as per the affidavit filed by the Amravati Municipal Company, 16 high-risk contacts and 27 low-risk contacts of a COVID-19 affected person was recognized, however solely eight throat swabs had been taken for testing.

“The Amravati Municipal Corporation and the Collector shall file an affidavit explaining why all high-risk contacts were not tested,” the courtroom directed and posted the matter for additional listening to on Might 26.


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