The civic authority of the Nagpur city is rolling out walk-in COVID-19 testing centers for the citizens for the timely detection of the coronavirus.
As per information, from today onwards six centers, Pachpaoli COVID Care Centre, and five quarantine centers namely Raj Nagar, Ravi Bhawan, Law College, Vasantrao Naik Girls Hostel and RPTS started the tests.
The move by Government is part of its program tracking, tracing, testing and treatment and finalized during the last meeting chaired by Dr. Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister, at Divisional Commisisonerate.
In the first step, persons with co-morbidity would be given preference for testing at community centers as they are most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Alternatively, NMC is also going for limited community testing at a few places, one was recently held at Hanuman Nagar, and the other one started in Jaripatka due to the initiative of the local corporators. The new initiative to go for community testing would go a long way in reaching out to the vast population.
Since in fatality the time was identified as a critical factor, most had co-morbidity and came late for treatment, and hence timely detection of the virus symptoms may help civic machinery in narrowing on the suspects.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has received 8,500 Rapid Antigen Kits which helps in faster results. Initially, 500 tests would be conducted on a daily basis to be scaled-up to 2000 in the near future.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is going slow on starting community testing to avoid burdening the local labs that are swarmed with samples from other centers besides regular swabs from hospitals.
(With inputs from TheLiveMint)