COVID-19: Women Frontline Workers Conduct RT-PCR Test In Surat

Surat women Conduct RT-PCR Test
Surat women Conduct RT-PCR Test: Amid the COVID-19 cases surging in the state, woman frontline workers have taken up the charge of conducting the Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, considered the most accurate worldwide in detection of COVID-19 infection.

The women have so far tested around three lakh people and are working round the clock during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are stationed at the Government Medical College, Surat. The testing is intended for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 and if one is infected with the virus one can take timely action to self-isolate and get the right treatment. According to a tweet by news agency ANI, GMC is the first testing lab in the city and third in the state. “We’re female workers here, so it was difficult to balance work and home, but we managed,” said a Nodal officer. She said during the second wave, around 3,000 cases have been tested in a day.

Surat women frontline workers: There are 90 percent female workers and only 10 percent are male in the lab, reported the Times of India.

Surat on Monday recorded 155 new coronavirus cases and one death. The Surat Municipal Corporation in Gujarat has introduced a ‘green health card’ for grocers, vendors, drivers, and a large number of people in their line of work, to make people they come in contact with aware that the card-holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19 with one or both doses, an official said on Sunday. These categories can be “potential super spreaders” and it is for this reason that the SMC introduced the coloured health card system.

Cases of Mucormycosis, commonly known as black fungus, have been reported from Gujarat. Surat city has recorded 1,09,371 cases on Saturday, including 1,607 deaths, while 1,05,562 have been discharged post-recovery. Earlier on May 19, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued an advisory with a set of instructions for COVID-19 self-testing at homes using the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kit. Read more on that here.

Feature Image Credit: Times of India