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NAVI MUMBAI: The roadmap to more samples being tested has been cleared with the ICMR certifying NMMC hospitals to do the rapid antigen tests. There out of the four hospitals —Nerul, Vashi , and Airoli have got the certification while Belapur hospital will also get in a day or two, the civic body’s health department said
ICMR has also asked NMMC to club the 23 urban health centres, now converted to flu clinics with the four civic hospitals to log in with the respective passwords for uploading the antigen test results on its website
NMMC looks at passing on the negative antigen reports for the RtPCR tests for those whom the doctors feel are low-risk but have the potential to spread the virus later.
The health department noted — as is clear now , most positive cases are asymptomatic and there has been a speedy spread. The risk of potential late spread by low-risk suspected patients needs to be looked, so that the transmission chain is broken.
Slew of measures are being rolled out by the civic body to ensure government reaches out to maximum number of people and minimises expenditure during the pandemic.
In what is a payback time to tax payers, private practitioners are being approached through social media groups and media to start their clinics and OPDs so that they can coordinate with civic doctors for carrying out Covid tests for suspected cases.
Home visits for inquiries and checks that would be repeated to ensure people are staying safe, starting the lab at the earliest with at least two out of the four machines to be installed for 24×7 testing in shifts for results in 24 hours, activating the civic body’s flu clinics to increase accessibility of tax payers for health checks as also to minimise cost are the measures to track the spread in the renewed battle against the spread
Commissioner, Abhijit Bangar told TOI, “the frequency of home visits and repeat visits is being worked out. The advertisement for appointing doctors and other staff has also been placed in media. The pay-check has been looked into and on par with civic bodies in MMR.”
With a view to facilitating more people to feel confident and get themselves checked if they have even normal cold and cough during this monsoon when July rains have been continuous and heavy , commissioner , Avijit Bangar held a meeting with ward officers earlier this week ( Wed) and asked them to constitute committees, as during election, to reach out to people and break the fear and sense of isolation . The committee would encourage more people to get tested at the flu clinics.

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