Bhubaneswar: In order to encourage people to come more in numbers for testing of COVID-19, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) in association with the Health and Family Welfare Department has started rapid antigen testing of local citizens at nine local urban health centres. Of the nine local healthcare facilities, six are Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHCs) and three are Urban Community Health Centres (UCHCs).
While the UPHCs include Niladri Vihar, Pokhariput, Saheed Nagar, Unit III, Unit-VIII and Unit IX, the UCHCs where the tests for COVID-19 were carried out today, are UCHCs at Dumduma, Patia and Unit IV. Total 107 tests were done at the nine centres.
It is learnt that seven urban health centres will be added for the testing from tomorrow. The seven new centres are: UPHC IRC Village, Ghatikia, Kalpana Square, Brahmeshwar Patna, Kapilaprasad, Chandrasekharpur and Municipality Hospital in Old Town (UCHC).
COVID-19 testing at the UCHCs and UPHCs is necessitated so as to augment the testing facilities and more and more people can be tested as the civic body has taken up the fight against the pandemic with the active support of the community.
While the testing centres (UCHC & UPHC) are open from 8 am to 2 pm, the tests are being carried out free of cost by the civic authorities. BMC has appealed citizens to come to their nearest urban health centres (UPHC/UCHC) and get the testing done free of cost for COVID-19. According to Health and Family Welfare Department, the city has 22 UPHCs and four UCHCs.
While on August 6 and 7 BMC conducted 2,010 and 2,285 tests respectively, during last several days, however, the testing number has surpassed 1,700 to 1,800 range on an average. Three types of tests i.e. Swab tests (RT-PCR), Antigen and TrueNaat are done every day at various centres across the city. Till yesterday more than 75,000 tests were done in the city.