All faulty rapid test kits for COVID-19 to be returned to China, payments for same haven’t been done yet, says health minister Harsh Vardhan amid complaints
New Delhi: Amid several complaints of faulty rapid testing kits in India that were procured from China, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said that all the faulty kits would be returned to China and the payments for the same haven’t been done yet.
According to reports, India had placed orders for about 37 lakh rapid antibody testing kits from various manufactureres based in China, South Korea and Singapore. About 7 lakh kits mainly from China have already arrived in the country.
A few days ago, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had asked all the states in the country to stop using the rapid testing kits as complaints are pouring in from various states. Assam and Rajasthan governments also said they are not going to use the kits for two days.
“We got a complaint about 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 per cent while others it is 71 per cent,” said ICMR chief R Gangakhedkar.