Hitesh Chavda, Gandhinagar: The health department has in a letter told private pathology laboratories that they will now henceforth require prior permission of the local Chief District Health Officer (CDHO) or Medical Health Officer before (MHO) conducting the RTPCR COVID19 test. The circular dated May 2, has been addressed to five laboratories in the state, four of which are in Ahmedabad. These are the laboratories that have been granted permission by the state government to carry out the RTPCR COVID19 test.
The circular has raised more questions as the state battles the Covid19 pandemic. Is the need for prior permission from local health officials an attempt by the administration to cover up the inadequate number of test kits in the state? Since the Covid19 pandemic began questions have been raised about the availability of test kits and the both the state and Centre have said that there is no shortage.
The letter by the department says that it has made some changes in the earlier notifications issued for private laboratories who carry out the test. The letter states that the laboratories that collect nasal and throat swab samples from patients need to get their name, address and Aadhar number and other details. But in addition to that they need to take permission of the local CDHO or MHO before carrying out the RTPCR COVID19 test.