Coronavirus Noida: Health of 35 risked after private labs produced faulty results

ST Staff
Thursday, 11 June 2020

Investigations into the case by the Noida Health Department has revealed, that these people had consulted private doctors of mild fever and cough and cold, following which they were advised to test for coronavirus.  

Investigations into the case by the Noida Health Department has revealed, that these people had consulted private doctors of mild fever and cough and cold, following which they were advised to test for coronavirus. 

Noida: While the country battles the ongoing pandemic, 35 healthy people were endangered in Noida, as they were forced to spend three days in a hospital ward reserved for COVID-19 patients after private labs allegedly botched up their tests results, showing them to be COVID-19 positive.  

An FIR has been registered against one of the labs. The other has been served notice by the Noida Administration.

Investigations into the case by the Noida Health Department has revealed, that these people had consulted private doctors of mild fever and cough and cold, following which they were advised to test for coronavirus.  

The health officials were alarmed when at first these 35 people tested positive through the labs and later tested negative when the samples were sent to National Institute of Virology. By then they had already been sent to government isolation facilities. 

Following up on the case the officials revealed that the 35 people wrongly suggested positive have been discharged and are fine but under observation. 

Reports suggest that there were lapses in the collection, and private labs did not maintain the optimum temperature leading to faulty results. 

"Six labs have come to our notice over lapses in COVID-19 tests. An FIR has been filed against one, and we have sent a notice to the others," said Noida Chief Medical Officer Deepak Ohri.

He also suggested that the private labs violated the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines for testing. 

Mr Ohri stated that they are waiting to see the labs response to the notice and that action will be taken accordingly. "Some of these labs are not even authorized to carry out COVID-19 tests, but they were doing it for money," he alleged.

The private labs involved in the case are currently not registered with ICMR and allegedly charged Rs 4,500 to 5,000 for each test.

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