Updated: April 13, 2021 4:49:40 am
AS THE number of active Covid-19 cases touched 4,565 in Goa on Monday, state health minister Vishwajit Rane announced that Goa will be the first state in the country to offer the D-dimer test and the Interleukin 6 test for free.
“Goa is the first state in the country to offer free of cost D-Dimer & Interleukin 6 tests at the GMC (Goa Medical College) for Covid-19 patients. These tests will be useful for monitoring the patient’s progression to Covid-19 related cytokine storm & help in timely medical intervention to reduce fatality,” Rane tweeted.
The minister also held a review meeting with officials from the health department to review the arrangements at the South Goa District Hospital (SGHD).
The D-Dimer test is used to rule out blood clots and the Interleukin-6 test is used to assess a possible cytokine storm. A cytokine storm can occur due to an infection, auto-immune condition, or other diseases. According to experts, signs and symptoms include high fever, inflammation, fatigue, and nausea. Cytokine storms are not exclusive to Covid-19 patients. It is an immune reaction that can occur during other infectious and non-infectious diseases as well.
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