COVID-19: BMC issues guidelines to keep track of sale, use of home testing kits


PTI, Jan 14, 2022, 6:07 PM IST

Representative Image

Mumbai: In view of the rise in the use of home test kits to detect coronavirus infection, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued new guidelines to manufacturers, suppliers, and sellers of home antigen testing kits in the city.

In an order issued on Thursday, the civic body has directed people responsible for manufacturing, supplying, and selling home antigen testing kits, to email certain details to the civic authorities and Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in a prescribed format every day.

It is necessary to report the results of all COVID-19 tests carried out either using rapid antigen test kits or home test kits to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) by laboratories or individuals through mobile applications, the order stated.

The civic body further said that in some cases, results of home test kits have not been reported to the ICMR, causing the authorities to lose track of patients, which in turn leads to further spread of the infection.

”Hence, it is necessary to keep track of such persons to contain the spread of the virus,” the BMC order stated.

Under the new guidelines, manufacturers and distributors of home testing kits have been asked to furnish details about the number of kits sold to chemists and medical stores in Mumbai to the FDA commissioner and the civic body.

Chemists and medical stores have been directed to email details of test kits sold to customers in a prescribed format by 6 pm every day.

As per the guidelines, the FDA commissioner will monitor the distribution and sale of kits of all chemists and medical stores in Mumbai and ask them to inform customers to report the test results on the given app.

The order has also defined the role of the epidemiology cell and ward teams of the BMC.

The epidemiology cell will have to monitor the data received through email from manufacturers, distributors, chemists, pharmacy, medical stores and others sources, and it will forward the same to the concerned ward and medical officers of health for further action.

Ward teams will ensure that people upload their test results on the ICMR website or application and monitor the health of patients, the order stated.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

India records 2.86 lakh new Covid cases, 573 more deaths

Sensex slumps over 1,100 points in early trade; Nifty falls below 16,950

‘Swabhimana padayatra’ receives tremendous response

34 personalities write to CM, MLAs over alleged violence against religious minorities

Govt to review situation, decide about reopening tourist places: Aaditya Thackeray

Tatas take first step in Air India, to introduce ‘enhanced meal service’ in 4 flights on Thursday

Karnataka set to establish military school in the name of Sangolli Rayanna


Related Articles More

48,905 new COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, 39 deaths

Should handle COVID-19 third wave with ‘total seriousness’: Thaawar Chand Gehlot

WHO: Record weekly COVID cases last week but deaths stable

Each dose of Covishield, Covaxin likely to be capped at Rs 275 after getting regular market approval

Over 21 million new Covid-19 cases reported globally last week, highest number of weekly cases recorded since beginning of pandemic: WHO

MUST WATCH

Rajpath witnesses splendid fly-past of 75 aircrafts

Mysore student led NCC at the Republic Day 2022 Parade held in Delhi

NEWS BULLETIN 26-02-2022

Stunning motorcycle display by BSF all-women biker team at India’s 73 Republic Day parade

Siddaramaiah Talk’s About Election


Latest Additions

K’taka HC orders Rs 17.66 lakh compensation to man who lost genitals in road accident

Man goes to hospital with hernia, doctors discover female genitalia in bulge

Shivamogga: Two killed in road accident

Netflix announces political drama series ‘The Diplomat’

Woman killed, five hurt as car runs into food stall at beach in Maha’s Palghar

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.