A city doctor claims to have brought a medical kit from Mumbai that, he claims, can be used to test swine flu swab samples in Bhopal itself. As of now, the swab samples of suspected swine flu patients are sent to Regional Medical Research Centre ( RMRC) laboratory, Jabalpur for testing.
This would cut short the time used in getting the test done at Jabalpur and ensure early and effective treatment of patients.
Dr Pankaj Agrawal from Bhopal said he conducted tests on five suspected swine flu patients admitted in his hospital through this kit and also sent their samples to Jabalpur for testing. The results of the kit used by him were similar to the reports of Jabalpur, he added.
He further said the accuracy rate of this kit was 80-90% as it was based on chromatography method, while accuracy rate of test conducted in RMRC laboratory another patient tested positive for H1N1 virus in Bhopal on Tuesday. A 45-year-old woman, resident of Gandhi Nagar area, was diagnosed with swine flu. She had been admitted to LBS Hospital four days ago and her swab sample was sent to Jabalpur for testing on Monday. Two more samples of swine flu suspected cases were sent to Jabalpur on Tuesday from LBS and Akshay Hospital for testing. was 100% as it is based on ELISA method. He further said it took around 45 minutes to one hour to conduct the test using the kit and per test cost was Rs. 1500-2000. “This kit is basically a method of screening, which is used in detecting H1N1 infection in case of emergency. Presently it takes atleast 48 hours to get the test results from RMRC and till the report comes the condition of the patient becomes more critical. With the help of this kit we can get the report within a few hours and can start proper treatment sooner,” said Dr Agrawal.
When contacted chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Dr Pankaj Shukla said, “I asked Dr Agrawal to send reports of all the swine flu tests conducted by him and also the details of the kit to laboratory of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Jabalpur to check the accuracy of the kit. If ICMR approves the kit then we would introduce the kit in Bhopal at larger scale.”
Head of microbiology department Gandhi Medical College (GMC) Dr Deepak Dubey said several companies launched different kits in the market but it’s tough to say anything about their reliability.