There is a strong demand for COVID-19 self-test kits in Madhya Pradesh, but the data (test results of the same) has not been shared by patients.
Madhya Pradesh reported 3,639 cases of Covid in the past 24 hours with a 4.5 percent positivity rate.
The government of Madhya Pradesh has ramped up testing to more than 70,000 per day, but the positivity rate has also increased by more than 1,800 percent in 11 days. Is this the real story? Or the real numbers in home test kits are flying off the shelves at pharmacies across the state.
Anubhav Gupta, who runs a drugstore on Hamidia Road, said: “As the demand for test kits is increasing, we will have to stock the kits according to requirements in the coming days, but unfortunately, the stock in Dawa bazaar is also not great.”
Another chemist, Mohd Sufiyan, from the Jawahar Chowk area in Bhopal, told DailyExpertNews that many people buy test kits.
“The advantage of this kit is that if one person is infected, he can get the result at home and save relatives,” said Mr Sufiyan.
According to the advice of the top medical body Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a user is supposed to log into the test result on a central server connected to the ICMR. But the problem is that many users do not report the results, and neither the pharmacies nor the government keep records of the kits sold.
Minister of Medical Education Vishwas Sarang said: “Those who test positive after using home test kits are requested to provide information to the administration. We have set up command control centers through which we fully monitor home isolation.”
Former minister and senior congress leader Kamleshwar Patel demanded a policy regarding these kits.
“It is a good thing that there is a kit on the market, but the government should have information about the report; the government should make a policy, but it is not susceptible to coronavirus. They are busy organizing events,” said Patel.
More than 500 self-test kits have been sold in Bhopal in the past three days, underscoring the increasing demand for rapid home testing. However, the findings have not been reported to health authorities, raising fears of undercounting.