BMC to buy 1 lakh antigen test kits under Mission Universal Testing in Mumbai

BMC to buy 1 lakh antigen test kits under Mission Universal Testing in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai’s civic body on Tuesday decided to buy 1 lakh antigen test kits which will make Covid-19 testing easier for citizens.

Antigen kit gives test results within 25-30 minutes which will help in speeding up the pace of testing for suspected Covid patients.

These kits will be made available in private hospitals and laboratories.

BMC on Tuesday initiated Mission Universal Testing which aims to test every citizen of Mumbai for coronavirus. Under this mission, the civic body will make antigen kits available at all civic and state-run hospitals.

BMC Commissioner IS Chahal has also requested 35 private hospitals to buy these kits from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved SD Biosensor company.

"These kits will speed up the process of testing Covid-19 patients and treating the critical patients in time," civic body officials said.

"It will now be easier for people above 70 years of age to get tested as they will get tested without any prescription. Citizens below 70 years of age can get tested with the help of e-prescription as there is no need for physical prescription now," said the civic body.