3840 units Rapid Diagnostic Test Kit for Covid-19 reaches Nagaland

Kohima, April 19 (NE): In what can be said as good news in the process of setting up our own Covid-19 test centre in the state, 3840 Test Units of Rapid Diagnostic kits for Covid-19 issued by the Government of India has reached Nagaland, today April 19, 2020.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Health Minister, S Pangnyu Phom took to twitter to inform about the arrival of rapid diagnostic test kit.

CM Rio in his tweet said, the much-awaited critical consignment of rapid diagnostic test kit for Covid-19 issued by the Government of India, for Nagaland, through Indian Council of Medical Research, Delhi has arrived by special Dornier flight of the Indian Air Force. The kits will be used in hot spots identified in the state, updated CM Rio.

Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom tweets- In our endeavour to combat COVID-19, Rapid Test Kits have reached Nagaland today. In times like this, we seek your utmost cooperation & support to fight the pandemic, he added.

As per Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the gold standard of Covid-19 test is RT-PCR and Rapid test is only a supplementary test for assessing prevalence of the disease within specific parameter.

The ICMR advisory on use of the rapid test is for hotspot areas and surveillance tool for epidemiological purposes, said a notification from DIPR.