Indore with more than 1,000 Covid-19 cases and 55 deaths is staring at yet another crisis. The authorities are left with just 586 RNA extraction kits and once they are finished, there would be no more testing.
Indore divisional commissioner Akash Tripathi, said, “These RNA extraction kits are used in the automatic testing machines that we have and the state government is trying to get more of these kits. We are also approaching private vendors and are trying to get these RNA kits.”
Chief Minister Kamal Nath said, “It is a matter of grave concern that Bhopal and Indore are facing shortage of the essential kits. What were those responaible for purchasing these kits doing?"
"In the past also I have flagged the issue of low testing in MP and also there is a huge pendency. The only way to fight the coronavirus crisis is to conduct more tests,” Kamal Nath added.
Ironically, the government in a release, had claimed that Indore was setting international standards in testing.
“Indore is now testing 2,100 per million while the rate in the UK is around 2,800 per million,” the government claimed in a release issued on April 16.