After several states reported complaints about rapid test kits, the Indian Council of Medical Research on Tuesday advised them to not use rapid tests for the next two days. The ICMR will send field teams to check some of these kits.
Earlier today, Rajasthan stopped tests through new kits saying that they had only 5.4 per cent accuracy.
“You all know that Rapid Test Kits were distributed to all states. One state said there are inaccuracies in these test kits. We confirmed this with three states and found that the findings were true to an extent. This is not a good sign. We are working on it,” the ICMR’s Raman R Gangakhedkar told reporters at the daily news briefing today.
“Till then, we advise all states not to use this. In two days, we will be in a position to give a detailed report on this. If the batch of rapid test kits is found faulty, we will ask that company to replace all kits,” said Dr Gangakhedkar, who is the head of epidemiology at the ICMR.