In a shocking incident, 35 people were sent to COVID-19 ward of a hospital in Noida for three days after private labs mistakenly declared them as coronavirus positive. As per reports, some of these private labs were not authorized by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for COVID-19 testing.
Investigation by the Noida Health Department has revealed that these 35 people had consulted private doctors with the complaints of mild fever, cough and cold. They were advised to take coronavirus tests, for which they went to private labs. After all 35 people tested positive, they were sent to COVID-19 ward at a hospital.
While being at the hospital, the samples of these 35 people were sent for another round of testing to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune. When all tests came back negative, it alarmed the health department. As per officials, all of the 35 people have been discharged but are under medical supervision.
Deepak Ori, Chief Medical Officer, told NTDV that around five of these private labs have been sent notices by the Noida administration and a police complaint has been filed against one lab. Ori said that authorized labs allegedly did not maintain the samples in optimum temperature, which led to the inaccurate results. This is a direct violation of the guidelines for testing issued by ICMR.
“Action would be taken based on how the labs respond to the notice. Some of these labs are not even authorised to carry out COVID-19 tests but they were doing it for money,” Ori added.