Agartala: As the novel coronavirus positive cases surged past the 3,000-mark, the Tripura government has decided to introduce the antigen test to all inpatient care (IPD) patients across the state.

The notification issued by health and family welfare director Dr Radha Debbarma informed that all IPD patients of health institutions, including private nursing homes & ILS hospitals, would be tested for early Testing Tracing Treatment (TTT) considering the increase in number of COVID positive patients and trend to spread among community recently.

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The health department has decided to supply antigen test kits at private hospitals and nursing homes which would be used to test the samples of the patients being admitted at a charge of Rs 450 which would be deposited in National Health Mission (NHM) account by the concerned institution.

“The concerned institution will initiate antigen testing and apply for obtaining login credentials for data entry into the ICMR Portal”, the notification informed.

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The private nursing homes and hospitals would collect the antigen test kits from NHM office. The department has also appointed Dr Nilanjan Bhattacharya, Medical Officer (RKSK), to coordinate with those institutions for smooth implementation of antigen test activities.

This is also for the first time in state the government has decided to engage the private hospitals and nursing homes to test the patients in view with the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases.

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The confirmed COVID-19 tally in Tripura stands at 3,468, with 1,408 active cases. While 2,033 patients have recovered, nine persons have succumbed to the virus so far.

Earlier, on July 15 Tripura government announced a target of testing over 2 lakh samples for COVID-19 in the next one month.

“Tripura has 116 Primary Health Centre (PHC) and 22 Community Health Centre (CHC) in addition with all the sub-divisional and district hospitals. In each PHC and CHC, 25 persons will be tested by antigen kits, while 5 samples will be collected for RT-PCR test. More than 4,000 tests will be done each day in these PHCs and CHCs located across the state,” Nath said.

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