Antigen tests begin in Malda
The Malda district health department started conducting antigen tests among residents of containment zones from Friday as the number Covid-19 cases crossed 2,200.
Bhusan Chakraborty, the chief medical officer of health of Malda, said the antigen tests would also be conducted on those who would have to undergo surgeries.
The Sikkim government has increased the lockdown for two more days, that is, till August 3. The state recorded 610 coronavirus cases till Thursday.
The Covid Care Network (CCN) that was floated by doctors and members of the civil society in Calcutta on July 1 and comprised some cured patients decided to introduce a web consultation facility on the disease.
Anybody who needs such consultation can check the website www.medepal.com or use the MEDePAL app for registration.
The network was launched in Siliguri on July 8.
Kalyan Khan, a doctor at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri, is the coordinator of the CCN here.
“We have come up with a new initiative where people having comorbidity can consult with doctors through video calls,” said Khan.
“They can check the availability of doctors and fix an appointment. At the scheduled time, the doctor concerned will communicate with him. We will have doctors from Calcutta, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Siliguri. Each patient will get six to 10 minutes for consultation,” added Khan.