No progress on rapid antigen testing

There is no progress on the much-talked-about antigen based rapid testing.

"We will start training staffers for conducting antigen-based rapid testing from next week and hopefully will be able to introduce rapid testing next month," Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora, additional director general of the health directorate, told journalists at a meeting today.

Asked about a specific timeline, she said, "We cannot say it right now."

The DGHS is planning to introduce rapid testing in 10 district headquarters where there is no RT-PCR test facility, she added.

With the health directorate's Director General Prof ABM Khurshid Alam in the chair, she also spoke of different technical issues regarding the introduction of rapid testing.

Asked whether necessary antigen kits have been imported, she said, "We have a few and we will bring more soon."

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