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India has a lack of testing centers. Also, the poor are returning to places with poor healthcare services. In a developing country like India where the majority is the poor, dealing with COVID-19 is a nightmare.
As the total number of coronavirus cases in India is on rise, the Government is taking measures to curb it. The Government has issued guidelines to private labs in the country, set the price for each test, and also included the national laboratories.
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Private laboratories with the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories accreditation are allowed to conduct such tests. The labs should have real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for RNA virus. This is according to the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research on Saturday.
The test can be offered if the physician is qualified according to the ICMR guidelines for COVID 19 testing.
Private players can only do home collection of samples. This is to avoid the contact with people of a suspect case. Otherwise, people will have to travel to reach the lab.
The labs have been advised to take bio-safety and bio-security precautions. These are to be taken while collecting respiratory samples from a patient. A separate collection site should also be created for COVID-19.
Commercial kits may also be used. These should be approved by U.S. Food and Drug Adinistration. Otherwise, should meet the the European Certificate Standards or both.
The national task force recommended that the total cost should not exceed Rs. 4500. This may include Rs. 1500 as screening test for suspected cases. And, Rs. 3000 for confirmation test.
The positive samples should be transported to ICMR’s National Institute of Virology. It is situated in Pune. This should be done with bio-safety and bio-security precautions laid. Also the negative samples must be destroyed within one week of collection.
The guidelines also said that failure to comply with any of the guidelines could result in legal action.