No backlogged PCR tests in Sri Lanka: Health Services Deputy DG

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has no backlogged PCR tests or issues in the PCR testing process currently being carried out in the country, an official said.

“We have carried out more than 12,000 PCR tests in the past few days,” Deputy Director of Health Dr Hemantha Herath told reporters today.

“As per the reports and information we have now, there are no backlogged tests to run and we can assure you that all results will be published soon,” he added.

Complaints were made by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) about certain PCR tests being delayed with the malfunction of a PCR machine a few days ago at the Mulleriyawa Hospital.

“Health officials and the president advised us to focus on getting samples for PCR tests and continue the process. That’s what we did that over the weekend,” Herath said.

The GMOA said earlier there is a backlog of 20,000 swabs to be tested and that generally there is a 2.5 percent rate of confirmation.

“We know and can assure you that a majority of results of those tests have already been sent to the relevant parties,” Herath said.

“Despite this, we get complaints  that some results are not available yet. Most of the time it is because the reading of the machine is wrong or some other technical error. It can happen when we are carrying out a large number of tests amounting to 11,000-12,000 at once. The health officers doing these tests are doing their best but can make a mistake,” he added.

Herath said anyone who has not received their PCR test result can request another test.

“Anyone can do the test again if they did not get the results from their first PCR test,” he said.  (Colombo/ Nov02/2020)

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