Faulty test kits will be returned; haven’t paid for them yet: Health Minister

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said faulty antibody testing kits will be returned to the countries they were procured from, including China. “We haven’t paid for the kits yet,” said Vardhan while addressing a video conference with state health ministers. This came after ICMR advised states to not use the rapid testing kits for COVID-19 over inaccurate results.

A few days ago, the Indian Council of Medical Research asked states to stop using the rapid testing kits as complaints are pouring in from various states. Assam and Rajasthan governments, for instance, said they are not going to use the kits.

“We got a complaint about less detection from one state. So we spoke to three states and found that a lot of variation is there in the accuracy of test results of positive samples, in some places it is 6 per cent while others it is 71 per cent,” ICMR chief R Gangakhedkar had said.