Jalandhar, August 21, 2020: - In a bid to keep a check on private labs testing Covid-19 pandemic, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori has constituted seven joint teams of civil officials and doctors for daily inspection such labs carrying out COVID- tests and submit reports about the details of positive and negative reports.
Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said that these seven teams had been tasked with separate labs in different areas of the city. He said that teams would not only visit private labs to check reports of individuals reaching for COVID testing but also submit a detailed report about positive and negative cases to his office.
Deputy Commissioner said that Senior Medical Officer Dr Pritpal Singh along with SDO Soil Conservation Lupinder Kumar will check Lal Path Lab and Core Diagnostic, Dr Mukesh Kumar and Assistant Labour Commissioner Jatinder Pal Singh Sohal will conduct verification of SRL Labs, SMO Dr Kuldeep Singh along with District Welfare Officer Rajinder Singh will visit Oncquest and Tagore Hospital, SMO Dr Ashok Kumar and GM District Industries Centre (DIC) Sukhpal Singh will inspect Path Kind, Dr Paramjit Singh and District Social Security Officer Varinder Singh Bains will visit Metropolis, Dr Rajinder Pal Bains and District Town Planner Naval Kishore to inspect Patel Hospital and Dr Rajeev Sharma along with Deputy Director Animal Husbandry Dr Mohinder Pal to check Shrimann Hospital.
Deputy Commissioner said that the step aimed to ensure early testing of at least ten persons of a positive contact which would go in a long way to prevent the spread of the COVID by breaking the chain of transmission.
He said that the administration was emphasizing contact tracing on a large scale which would further help to bring Case Fatality Rate (CFR). He told that private labs must maintain the information of all persons coming for testing with the utmost confidentiality.
He said that the health department has fixed Rs 2400 for Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR) COVID test and Rs 1000 for Rapid Antigen COVID testing in private labs.
Thori said that people could register complaints at the control room’s no 0181-2224417, in case of any violation of prescribed norms/guidelines in labs. He also reiterated that district administration was fully equipped with resources and manpower to combat COVID- 19 and no stone would be left unturned for this noble cause adding that war against Corona Virus would be won with the togetherness of people who could contribute their share by confining them to home.