Today, the Rajasthan government halted the use of rapid testing kits for coronavirus after they delivered inaccurate results and informed the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) about the problem. Nearly 168 tests were conducted by the rapid testing kits.
Raghu Sharma, the Health Minister of the state said the kits provided only 5.4 percent accurate results against the expectation of 90 percent accuracy. The kits were not giving any benefit, said the minister.
The government set up a committee including medicine and microbiology head officials at the Sawai Man Singh government hospital to examine the effectiveness of those testing kits and the committee found that only 5.4 percent results were accurate.
The minister quoted, “As per the advice of the committee, we have stopped testing from the rapid testing kits. We have written to the ICMR about it and their response is awaited.”
Several patients who were already tested positive for the virus in PCR based tests, showed negative when tested by those kits. “If the ICMR’s response comes in our favour, the kits could be returned,” he said.
The Rajasthan government started COVID-19 tests through rapid testing kits from Friday in the state’s hotspots from Jaipur. The aim was to speed up the screening and the detection of suspected coronavirus patients. The number of coronavirus cases in the state has recorded 1478 with 14 deaths so far.