The Delhi High Court recently directed the Delhi Government to examine whether the Feluda testing can be used instead of the RT-PCR testing for COVID in places where people congregate.
The Court was hearing petitions concerning the COVID-19 situation in Delhi. The Court remarked that the Feluda Test has more advantages than the RT-PCR test. Results of the Feluda Test can be gathered in 1.5 hrs and as the lab used for it is mobile so there is no requirement of shipping the sample to a laboratory for testing.
The bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli held that, “we direct the GNCTD to examine whether the Feluda testing could be employed in places where people congregate, as its lab is mobile and the results can be generated in about 1.5 hours. The minutes of meeting dated 04.12.2020 as also the report of the sub-group should also be taken into consideration while arriving at its decision. A detailed affidavit in this regard be filed within three days.”
Further the bench said that there is urgent and imminent need to launch an impactful campaign to educate the public at large on all issues relating to control and treatment of COVID-19 by exploiting the Print Media and audio-visual media such as National Television Channels. The ICMR must educate the general public about the use of equipments/ apparatus, such as Oxymeters, oxygen concentrators as well as inform them about the kind of concentrators which are of use in the present pandemic.
The Court has directed the Government to file a detailed affidavit within three days giving proper reasoning for not using Feluda Testing.