Conduct RT-PCR tests in rural areas, RAT unreliable: Tony

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RS PURA: DDC member Suchetgarh Taranjit Singh Tony on Saturday urged the government to conduct RT PCR tests to combat the spread of Covid-19 in rural areas.
In a statement issued here, Tony said that presently the government is conducting RAT tests for ascertaining the status of COVID-19 in rural belts but these being unreliable serve no purpose rather the exercise is proving counterproductive as people at times tested negative by RAT tests are later found to be positive for corona. “This condition proliferates the virus at a much faster pace leading to more and more people falling prey to the disease”, he said adding that ramping up RT PCR tests can only stop this virus from spiraling.
The DDC member also highlighted the much sought after issue of defunct health sub centres in the border town of Suchetgarh. He alleged that many of such health facilities are being run by one man army, who is either a pharmacist or a para-medic. He also alleged that many health sub centres are lying vacant due to indifference of the concerned officials manning the functioning of these health facilities.
Giving a specific account, Tony said that Magowal health sub centre was being run by a single pharmacist but surprisingly he was shifted to some other place forcing the closure of this health facility. “There are many more similar examples in the vicinity where there is startling dearth of manpower and other infrastructure”, he said adding that concerned BMO is responsible for this mismanagement leading to hardships and medical exigencies to people living out there. He said that people are bound to suffer that too during the pandemic just because of the incompetence of the aforesaid BMO in providing bare minimum facilities to the COVID-19-hit people.
The DDC member appealed to the Deputy Commissioner Jammu and SDMs of R S Pura and Bishnah areas to take care of people’s sufferings in absence of prerequisite healthcare edifice during the testing times when coronavirus is at its peak and people are finding it difficult to face the wrath of this merciless germ which has already taken hundreds of lives in the UT.