Covid Decline and Testing: Testing Scale gone down; emergency created testing facilities shifted: Officials
Says, both RAT, RTPCR Testing facilities available at hospitals
Post by Jahangir Sofi on Friday, September 23, 2022
Srinagar, Sep 22: Following the decline in the daily Covid-19 positive cases in the valley, the testing scale has considerably gone down while the emergency-created testing facilities have been shifted to health institutions, officials said on Thursday.
As the Covid testing facility at TRC in Srinagar has been closed, Dr. Jameel Mir Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Srinagar told Rising Kashmir the Covid-19 testing facility is available at all level 2 hospitals in Srinagar, while the testing facility at TRC has been shifted to sub-center at Jawhar Nagar.
“The Covid-19 facilities are available at most of the health institutions of Srinagar with the availability of RAT kits at most of the centers and there is the availability of RTPCR facility at some health centers as well”, he said.
Dr. Salim Khan Head of Department Community Medicine GMC told Rising Kashmir that despite of low Covid positive case count their testing facilities are operational at all places but said that the number of daily Covid positive has gone down to a large level.
“The positivity rate has gone down, the number of daily Covid positive has considerably come down as well but given that situation, we still have all Covid testing facilities available”, Dr. Salim said.
Meanwhile, a prominent doctor and a pandemic expert, Dr. Nisar-Ul-Hasaan told Rising Kashmir that large-scale testing is not required, saying that the intensity is measured by the hospitalization which has gone down to the extreme minimum side.
“Likewise other viruses the Novel Covid -19 virus will stay with us, however, tests should be recommended to those facing any severity or with underlying health conditions”, he said.
Pertinent to mention that since the start of global pandemic Covid-19, Jammu and Kashmir have so far reported 47,9018 Covid-19 positive cases, while on Thursday Kashmir valley reported 23 Covid-19 positive cases of which 13 were reported from district Srinagar.