PCR tests of all quarantined persons fraught with problems
Kathmandu, June 2
The Ministry of Health and Population stated that implementing the Supreme Court’s order to conduct exams for coronavirus on all quarantined individuals throughout the nation utilizing polymerase chain response technique was a frightening process.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had issued an order to the federal government to conduct PCR exams on all folks staying in quarantine amenities throughout the nation.
“It is a difficult job for us to implement the order of the Supreme Court. There are some technical difficulties in conducting exams of all these staying in quarantine centres,” stated Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, assistant spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population.
A complete of 145,375 folks are staying in quarantine centres throughout the nation. The authorities has performed 75,343 exams utilizing PCR technique since testing started within the nation in January.
“We have restricted sources for conducting PCR exams.
There are restricted variety of testing kits and tools corresponding to reagents needed for PCR take a look at, viral transport media and RNA extraction kits for conducting the exams. There are restricted variety of human sources for accumulating samples and conducting the exams in laboratories. The capability of our laboratories can be not enhanced sufficient to conduct exams on all folks staying in quarantine,” stated Dr Adhikari.
The authorities has been conducting about 2,300 PCR exams every day in 20 laboratories throughout the nation.
“Numerous samples are already in queue for exams in laboratories throughout the nation.
Also, the variety of folks returning to the nation from India is growing on daily basis,” added Dr Adhikari.
As numerous samples are in queue, the well being ministry has felt the necessity to take a look at the samples on precedence foundation. “This will assist us detect circumstances early and assist forestall transmission,” he added.
According to Dr Adhikari, accumulating samples when different samples are already in queue is one other issue. Samples must be stored in correct temperature and atmosphere for correct outcomes. Transportation of samples too is one other problem. Besides that, testing is dear. Therefore, it’s difficult for us to take samples of all individuals staying in quarantine throughout the nation.
The well being ministry says that it’ll comply with the SC’s order.
“We should and can comply with the court docket’s order. But we have to improve capacities of our laboratories and enhance skilled human sources,” stated Dr Adhikari.
The authorities is enhancing the capability of laboratories to extend the variety of exams. “We are attempting to acquire computerized extraction machines for PCR exams,” stated Dr Bikash Devkota, spokesperson for the well being ministry.
“When these computerized extraction machines are procured and put in, we can take a look at at the least 1,000 samples in every laboratory,” stated Dr Adhikari. Besides the National Public Health Laboratories, different laboratories have the capability to check about 200 to 300 samples per day. NPHL has the capability to check about 1,000 samples a day.
“Nepali Army has introduced PCR machines. Once the machines are put in, we can enhance the variety of exams,” stated Dr Adhikari.
A model of this text seems in e-paper on June 03, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.
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