Bengaluru, Apr 28: Karnataka has found that the rapid antibody test kits for COVID-19 that the Centre supplied to the State have only 47 per cent sensitivity and the same will be returned to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Karnataka had received 11,400 rapid antibody test kits from the ICMR a few days back, out of which it had sent around 200 of them to NIMHANS for validation.
After the ICMR, on Monday, sent a circular to all States to return the test kits to the suppliers, Dr C N Manjunath, Director, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Director Dr C N Manjunath, who is also Nodal Officer for Lab testing in the State's COVID-19 Task Force, said, "We have cancelled the orders we placed to Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics for one lakh rapid antibody test kits. Since the ICMR supplied us with 11,400 kits out of the 6.5 lakh kits it procured, we will be returning the kits to them."
Dr Manjunath said that the validation at NIMHANS revealed the kits to have only 47 per cent sensitivity. Sensitivity is the ability of a test to identify the true-positives in a population, i e, the actual number of people who've been infected with the disease.With the rapid antibody testing kits being shelved, the state's plan to randomly test high-risk groups has taken a backseat. So far, the state has tested 43,791 samples. (UNI)