Jalandhar: To arrest the spread of the novel coronavirus in Jalandhar by detecting and treating the potential Covid cases at the earliest, ten private hospitals/labs/diagnostic centres have come forward and joined the hands with the district administration to offer Rapid Antigen test at Rs 250 only.
Participating in a video-conferencing of Chief Secretary Vinni Mahajan on Covid management in Jalandhar, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the district administration has given 900 rapid antigen kits to seven private hospitals, two diagnostic centres and one lab in Jalandhar.
He said 500 kits have been given to Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, 100 to Tagore Hospital, 100 kits Military Hospital, 50 kits to Punjab Diagnostic and 25 kits each to Johal Hospital, Accura Diagnostic, Ranjit Hosptial, Alfa Clinical Lab, Metro Hospital and Arman Hosptial.
Deputy Commissioner said that these kits have been provided free of cost by the health department to these empanelled institutions as these institutes have themselves showed their willingness to offer this test to the people and approached the health department.
He added said that these empanelled private hospitals/labs will charge maximum Rs. 250 from a patient and the kits would be supplied to them by the health department once this stock ends. Sharing, the control room number 0181-2224417 the deputy commissioner said that people may register a complaint to this number if they face any problem in getting the test done at Rs. 250.
He said that these private hospitals/labs have kept a separate isolated area for the suspected patients of COVID-19 where the sample will be taken.
He said that the person taking samples must ensure complete Personal Protective Gear. The institutions should also an arrangement of biomedical waste management generated by the test as per the guidelines, he added.
Deputy Commissioner said that all rapid antigen test results must be entered into the ICMR portal using the login ID credentials provided by the health department. He said that these private institutes must maintain the confidentiality of the patients’ records.
The video-conference was also held by Chief Secretary Vinni Mahajan with all deputy commissioners of the state in which she reviewed containment and management of Covid-19 in Punjab. Additional Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal, PUDA Estate Officer Navneet Kaur Bal and others were also present.