ICMR asks states to stop using Chinese rapid test kits for 2 days

The advise came in after reports emerged about the kits being faulty

China, Test Kits, COVID-19, Raman R Gangakhedkar, ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research  (ICMR) has requested all states to stop using the newly-distributed Chinese rapid testing kits to detect COVID-19 for the next two days, based on complaints of inaccuracy of result. India procured five lakh rapid antibody testing kits from China last week.

Rajasthan was the first state to complaint about inaccuracies in rapid test kit results. The state's health minister Raghu Sharma said the kits gave only 5.4% accurate results against the expectation of 90% accuracy.

On Tuesday, Raman R Gangakhedkar, head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, ICMR, said during his briefings, "We got a complaint of less detection from one state. So we spoke to three states and found that a lot of variation is there in the accuracy of test results of positive samples, in some places it is 6% while others it is 71%." He added that ICMR has advised all states to stop using the recently procured rapid testing  kits from China for the next two days. 

In the next two days, the ICMR plans to dispatch an expert team on the field to validate the results.