Vijayawada, Apr 23: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved rapid testing kits arrived from South Korea and the COVID-19 tests will be continued as per protocol.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting with officials in his camp office at Tadepalli near here on Thursday. The officials told the Chief Minister that so far 48,034 tests have been conducted of which 6,520 were held on Wednesday. Andhra Pradesh tops in the country with 961 COVID-19 tests per million population.
Mr Reddy appreciated the officials for the effective measures and instructed them to scale up the number of tests gradually. Of the 14,423 tests conducted using the rapid testing kits, 11,543 tests were done in red zones and 30 positive cases had been detected, the officials said. Instructing the officials to tackle the Coronavirus situation, the Chief Minister asked them to prioritize Thallasemia, cancer, and dialysis patients. The 104 services should be alert and pregnancy cases should be attended to without delay. With concern to the agriculture sector, Mr Reddy directed the officials to ensure that 1902 tollfree services are fully functional.
Details on crop prices and other crop-related issues should be collected from agriculture assistant in villages where farmers can report their issues. He ordered the officials to supply varieties of fruits for Rs.100 and make it a continuous process. Apart from these, the Chief Minister ordered the officials to identify land for the construction of proposed new medical colleges in the state. (UNI)