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AMC spent over Rs 100 crore for COVID-19 antigen test

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The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has spent around Rs 141 crore to render free testing services for COVID-19 across the city, according to information made available under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Notably, an RTI activist Ankur Sagar had sought information from the AMC authorities regarding the antigen COVID-19 test for the period between February 1, 2020, and December 15, 2020. Information was also sought on the agency from which the test kits have been procured and the cost of procurement.

In its reply to Sagar, AMC’s Central Medical Stores said that it purchased 32 lakh units of antigen test kits from SD Biosensor at Rs 121.12 crore. This apart, AMC also procured 2 lakh units of antigen test kits from Mylab Discovery Solutions at a cost of Rs 9.18 crore. Thus, the AMC said that Rs 141 crore was spent on COVID-19 test kits, whereas 2.17 lakh units of the test kits were in stock on December 15.

AMC’s campaign against COVID-19

Last year, when the COVID-19 cases were surging at a rapid rate in Ahmedabad, AMC tried everything possible to arrest the surge. It adopted a multipronged strategy for the same that focused on testing, tracking and treatment.

AMC had opened several camps across the city at prominent locations where free testing of COVID-19 was rendered by the civic body for citizens. Also, camps were organised in residential societies for testing of COVID-19.

2.62 lakh COVID-19 cases in Gujarat

Till Tuesday, 2.62 lakh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Gujarat. Of it, 61,187 cases have been reported in Ahmedabad, 52,528 cases have been reported in Surat, 28,143 cases have been reported from Vadodara, 22,305 cases have been reported from Rajkot, 10,481 cases have been reported from Jamnagar and 8,560 cases have been registered from Gandhinagar.

 

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