Thursday, April, 15,2021

Textile mkt sees scarcity of testing kits, vaccines

Surat: The Surat Municipal Corporation closed testing centres for COVID-19 in the textile market area on Wednesday, forcing traders there to return home after health workers said the 300 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits they had brought had run out. Meanwhile, some vaccination centres also downed shutters due to insufficient supplies.

Given that the Ring Road textile market has been demarcated as a “superspreader zone”, the SMC has regulated entry there, with police being deployed to prevent anyone without a negative test report from entering.

“The market has a floating crowd of two lakh every day. We have to show a negative test result before entering but very few arrangements have been made.

Besides, vaccines are only being given to those above the age of 45, and most workers here are under 45 and hence do not qualify.

The SMC needs to provide sufficient staff, medication, testing kits and vaccine in the area,” Sanjay Jagnani, member of Vyapari Pragati Sangh, told First India.

“We have asked city and district authorities as well as Deputy CM Nitin Patel to provide sufficient staff and medicines in this area but so far we have not received any response,” he added.

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