COVID-19 Test Reports being sent through SMS to ensure timely communication: Balbir Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, July 30:

In order to ease out the communication of the results of the COVID test, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab has tied up with the Department of Governance Reforms which once the labs update results on the ICMR portal, the results are communicated to the persons via SMS through the COVA platform.

Giving details in a press release, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the messages are being sent by the Department of Governance Reforms on behalf of the Health Department. The Governance Reforms team has integrated with ICMR portal and on update of results on the portal by the labs, messages are sent to the persons who got themselves tested.

The said process of communication through messages has already been started and till now over 1.37 lac people have received results through SMS. This has been done to ensure timely communication of the results to the persons.

Giving details regarding the Sero -Survey in Containment Zones/Hot-Spots, he said that State Government has planned the survey in 5 districts under which teams have been identified for the survey. Samples of 250 persons from surveyed populations shall be collected in each of five districts (Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala & SAS Nagar).

The Minister said that Civil Surgeons have been instructed to set up District Level Lab and to provide basic Lab requirements & Consumables for each District.

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