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Testing times ahead as Gujarat battles Covid-19


With the state executive’s most efforts at containing the coronavirus concentrated in five cities, fewer exams in majority of districts would possibly function an eye-opener within the days to return; Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara and Bhavnagar districts account for over 70 in step with cent of the overall exams conducted in Gujarat

By Nischal Sanghavi


The road to redemption for Gujarat in its struggle towards coronavirus is trying out and extra trying out. With the state executive fascinated by containing the spread of the virus within the main cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara and Bhavnagar, the majority of the opposite districts the place fewer exams had been conducted would possibly function an eye-opener within the days to return. The cases of shock are the asymptomatic carriers, patients with delicate illness and patients with non-respiratory signs.

Meanwhile, the overall number of Covid-19 cases in India touched four,789 and the death toll now stands at 124, as in step with the Union Health Ministry’s 6pm replace on Tuesday.

As in step with the state health division, it has conducted 3,552 exams across the state till now, out of which 175 have examined sure, whilst 3,257 are damaging and the reports of 120 cases are pending.

In the last 24 hours, the government conducted 673 exams in Gujarat, of which 32 examined sure, 521 were damaging and 120 are pending, sources mentioned.

According to health division sources, Gujarat has conducted 3,552 exams, of which 175 were discovered sure, which is nearly five% and in alignment with the nationwide reasonable. The reasonable for Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar is also in alignment. With 83 sure cases in over 1,000 exams, Ahmedabad has 7% fee, Vadodara has four%, Surat five%, Rajkot four%, Bhavnagar five%. Also, Mumbai had a four% reasonable when 10,000 exams were completed on April five. This manner extra the exams, extra the likelihood of sure cases. The number of sure cases of Covid-19 are likely to increase as extra persons are examined.

Fewer exams conducted in 85% districts of Gujarat

As in step with data sourced from the state executive web site, whilst Ahmedabad has conducted over 1,000 exams, there are 11 districts of Gujarat that had not conducted even 20 exams as on April 6. While Amreli, Bharuch, Botad, Chhota Udepur, Dahod, Dangs, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Junagadh, Mahisagar, Narmada, Panchmahal and Tapi have examined less than 20 other people for Covid-19, there are four districts the place the management has not even examined 10 other people. In truth, out of the 33 districts of Gujarat, most effective five districts have examined greater than 100 other people. If we take into account the overall number of exams, over 70 in step with cent of exams had been conducted in those five districts.

If there's a suspect, we put him/ her in 14-day quarantine and if they expand signs then they're examined for Covid-19.

Sujal Kumar Mayatra, Collector, Chhota Udepur

We practice ICMR guidelines for trying out the affected person. The guidelines specify 14-day touch historical past, relative, severe acute respiratory problem

Amit Arora, Collector, Panchmahal

Surprisingly, Panchmahal district management has examined most effective eight persons in a inhabitants of over 25 lakh, with 1 case trying out sure. Similarly, Chhote Udepur has a good case, but has examined most effective 15 other people as but.

Panchmahals Collector Amit Arora confirmed they have examined most effective 8patients till now. "We are following the ICMR guidelines for testing the patient. The guidelines specify 14-day contact history, close relative, severe acute respiratory problem. If a person falls under any of this category then only we check them," Arora mentioned.

As in step with Chhote Udepur Collector Sujal Kumar Mayatra, "We are following the protocols. If there is a suspect, we put him/her in 14-day quarantine and if they develop symptoms then they are tested for Covid-19. We have till now tested 15 persons."

Citizens examined in step with million

As in step with a file, India's ratio of trying out is 75 for each million other people. In the country, Delhi and Kerala have examined over 300 other people in step with million, states like Maharashtra and Rajasthan have examined over 125 other people, whilst Gujarat with a inhabitants of 6.88 crore has examined less than 50 in step with million. According to Dr Abhishek Raval, consulting cardiologist at Wockhardt Hospital in Rajkot, "India's current testing for Covid-19 is 102 tests per 1 million population. This is comparatively lower as compared to that of USA (5,841 tests per million), Spain (7,693 tests per million), Italy (11,937 tests per million), Iran (2,214 tests per million) and South Korea (8,996). However, increasing frequency of tests, especially in peripheral districts may reveal the burden of this disease with 'ice- berg' phenomenon. I suggest administration should drastically increase the number of tests, because there are several asymptomatic carriers, patients with mild disease and patients with non-respiratory symptoms. This patients may not seem suspicious on primary consideration, but, they could be the carriers."


Increasing the test frequency would possibly upload to the cost burden of the government. However, it will help us plan some sound steps in near future to curtail the spread of the illness, Dr Raval mentioned.

Regarding the low fee of trying out, Jayanti Ravi, essential secretary, health, mentioned, "We are testing people in hotspot zones. We are not doing carpet testing in all areas. But we do test suspects and collect samples from other districts. In places like Patan and Anand we have collected samples based on doubt and that is how we got cases. We go to hotspot and collect samples. We will also carry out house-to-house survey once again and with detailed screening."


(Inputs by way of Alok Brahmbhatt)


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