COVID transmission in Kerala: IMA demands to increase RT-PCR test instead of antigen test
Thiruvananthapuram: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) stated that COVID transmission can be brought under control only if RT-PCR tests are made mandatory instead of antigen tests which are only 50 percent sensitive. The IMA also pointed out in a statement that it should be ensured that isolation and quarantine rules are followed accurately.
Currently, contact testing and surveillance testing have been almost stopped. The infected people and places can be traced only if these tests are resumed. The relaxations allowed in unnecessary travelling, gatherings and celebrations may have to be reverted. Though we have to get back to normal life, it should not be at the cost of our fellow beings, IMA reminded.
The people have slowly started neglecting the Break the Chain protocols. The precautions are not followed after the theatres, malls, bars, schools and colleges were reopened. Over 1000 COVID positive cases are reported in Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts every day. This will make the ICU and ventilator facilities insufficient in hospitals.
The IMA stated that the number of vaccination centres should be increased. It will take months to vaccinate even the health workers in current situation. The public also should be vaccinated and private sector should be involved in vaccination process to hasten it, IMA demanded.