Sri Lanka state labs can do more tests, raise productivity: GMOA

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government labs should be able to do more tests with the machines available as private labs are more productive despite having much less resources, the Government Medical Officers’ Association has said.

“We have increased it now but we believe we can improve it further.” GMOA, Editor, Haritha Aluthge said.

“If a private lab can do 2000 PCR tests a day with only two machines, doing 10,000 per day while having 25 government and government affiliates laboratories is not enough.”

Aluthge said the machines can be improved and employees can be given incentives to maximize the output of state laboratories.

“Therefore, we must see what we can do technological wise to improve these machines and we have to encourage these officers and other personals who have dedicated to do these jobs to get it to the maximum capacity,” Aluthge said.

He also questioned the practice of releasing patients without a PCR test.

Sri Lanka’s health authorities have said the likelihood of anyone contracting the disease by asymptomatic patients after 14 days was non-existent based on their own and observations of other countries.

“All the patients and close contacts of the Peliyagoda cluster will be completing their 14 days within the next few days. And in order to discharge them we need to do a PCR test.”

Aluthge said, no patient must be discharged from hospitals or quarantine centres without doing a PCR test. (Colombo/Nov08/2020)

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