New Delhi: After some private labs were found that took 10 to 15 days to test samples collected from suspects Covid-19, Delhi the government You have ordered all laboratories to complete all reports within 24 hours. “If there is a delay due to some reason, steps will be taken against them after 48 hours,” Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday.
Testing is gaining momentum as the capital has begun to witness an increase in the number of new coronavirus cases, with the highest one-time spurt being witnessed on Thursday with 448 cases.
The Indian Medical Research Council has recently expanded the list of private laboratories conducting real-time RT-PCR testing for Covid-19 in Delhi from eight to 13. All of these laboratories have been asked to follow the guidelines issued by the Government for effective detection and monitoring of all suspected Covid-19 cases being tested in these facilities throughout the city.
The samples are sent to the private laboratories when the number of samples collected by the chief district medical officer, Covid-19 designated hospitals, Covid-19 health and isolation centers, and test centers is more than the total capacity of government laboratories.
the private laboratories is paid from Covid funds released by the Center under National Health Mission to Delhi State Health Mission. A private laboratory gets Rs 4,500 for collection and testing of samples and Rs 3,500 for testing of samples collected by government facilities, while a government facility gets Rs 2,200 for collection and testing.
Among the 13 private laboratories, it may be for the north and northwest districts sample 4,000 samples in one day. While two central district laboratories have a total capacity to test 180 samples daily, it can test 200 samples for New Delhi. There is one laboratory each for the Northeast, South, Southwest, only one for both East and Shahdara districts and two for Southeast. The West District has three approved laboratories.
The government has made it clear that the collection of samples should not exceed more than 10% of the declared capacity of a private laboratory.