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Ensuring Quality of Covid-19 Testing in a State of Emergency

Ensuring Quality of Covid-19 Testing in a State of Emergency

Ashok Rattan

Journal Title:Acta Scientific Microbiology
Abstract


The high infectivity of Severe Acute Corona Virus 2 (SARS CoV 2) made Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of World Health Organization (WHO) urge all member states to “Test, Test, Test”. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was charged with the responsibility of stewardship of 5 T approach, “Test, Track, Trace, Treat and Tech-nology”. ICMR has successfully ramped up testing facilities to have 1122 government facilities and 867 private National accreditation board for testing and calibration laboratories (NABL) accredited laboratories conduct diagnostic tests for Covid-19 and more than 10 crore samples have been tested. Earlier RT PCR kits were ob-tained from international In vitro devices (IVD) companies but subsequently many of the RT PCR and Rapid Antigen tests (RAT) and more recently RT LAMP tests have been manufactured by In-dian companies and made available for clinical use