Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s health department served notices to seven pathology laboratories in the city for negligence in reporting Covid-19 cases.
According to AMC sources, the seven laboratories are Neuberg Supratech Reference Laboratories, Gujarat Pathology Laboratory, Green Cross Laboratory ,Sunflower Laboratory, In Vitro Speciality Laboratory, Speciality Microtech Lab and Northstar Pathology Lab.
The laboratories have allegedly not provided Covid sample data regularly and completely to the corporation. A source pleading anonymity told Mirror, Many private laboratories have been getting Covid samples for testing regularly. While they send the positive cases data, they often don’t share the numbers for the negative samples. As a result, this shows a higher positive rate in the available/reported outcome. Samples taken regularly need to be submitted online so that the real picture of coronavirus cases can be accessed in the city.
The health department has urged all the laboratories that they will take strict action against them if they don’t adhere to the rules and don’t regularly report the total testing cases in time that come to them.
The health department had held a meeting with the administrators of all seven private laboratories.
The official said, some laboratories are collecting more samples than their testing capacity. This is leading to a further delay in reporting the sample details in the stipulated time.
AMC has warned the erring labs of strict actions like asking the Gujarat government to cancel their registration if they are found negligent.