Bhubaneswar: The Director Medical Education and Training (DMET) CBK Mohanty on Friday said that the Odisha Government has set a target to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests on over 2 lakh migrant workers to resolve quarantine blues.
“The approval of antibody-based rapid testing of coronavirus by the Centre will prove a boon for Odisha. Already, nearly a lakh migrant workers have returned to the state from high-burden states. Reports have come about friction between returnees and villagers. Quarantining such a large population is also proving taxing for the administration. Since the current confirmatory real-time PCR is time consuming, the rapid test will come handy in eliminating nearly 98 per cent of tests that test negative in RTPCR,” said DMET CBK Mohanty.
“COVID19 rapid tests will ease the burden on the government machinery and will help ensure that resources are dedicated to positive cases,” he added.