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Saturday, 12 September 2020

Babla seeks action against private labs, writes to Guv

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11

Congress Councillor Devinder Singh Babla has sought strict action against private laboratories for discrepancies in Covid test reports.

In a letter to UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, Babla stated that private Covid testing laboratories were giving wrong reports and had turned it into a money-spinning business. “These labs are deliberately declaring people positive so that their family members and contacts also get themselves tested and the business of labs blooms. If these labs declare them negative, no more people will come for tests,” he alleged.

Giving an example, Babla said a pregnant woman, who was tested for coronavirus at a private laboratory (mandatory test before delivery), was reported positive on September 8. She was again sampled at another private laboratory where her report came out negative on September 10.

“Imagine the harassment, trauma, despair, turmoil, stigma and frustration the family had to go through apart from dishing out money,” he said.

Babla urged the Administrator to promote government-operated testing facilities such as making testing more localised within Sector dispensaries, community centres, charitable clinics in temples and gurdwaras.

He requested the Administrator to look at the plight of the needy, poor and less fortunate citizens who are made to go through all this harassment and stigma.

from The Tribune

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