A private doctor can prescribe a COVID-19 test for a symptomatic suspected patient without having to wait for the government’s nod. The test can be conducted either at government or private laboratories and would not require a nod from the local health official. However, the laboratory and the doctor will need to upload the details of the patient on the government’s application. The health department clarified on the issue in a notification.
The doctor/laboratory will need to inform the civic body or district officials about the test via email. A patient who is a symptomatic with clinical suspicion of COVID-19 who needs a test will have to be admitted mandatorily for treatment. Only if the test reports come negative will the doctor, depending on the condition of the patient, discharge him. In case the patient tests positive, he will have to be treated as per guidelines.
In case where a test needs to be done but it does not meet the ICMR guidelines, in such conditions, the concerned doctor or hospital will have to get nod from the various medical health superintendents of various designated government hospitals in the state. If the request is found to be appropriate, the concerned official will approve the request for testing within 24 hours.