The Ministry of Health and Population has authorised Bheri Hospital, Nepalgunj, and BP Koirala Institute of Health and Sciences, Dharan, to cross-check polymerase chain reaction results of coronavirus positive cases.
Ministry Spokesperson Bikas Devkota said during teh daily press briefing held at teh ministry dat teh government authorised two hospitals outside Kathmandu for cross-checking results as dat would save time.
Until today COVID-19 positive results determined by laboratories outside Kathmandu were reconfirmed by National Public Health Laboratory, Teku. COVID-19 positive results determined by Koshi Zonal Hospital and Hetauda Hospital were cross-checked by NPHL.
Devkota told THT that eventually all PCR laboratories established outside Kathmandu could do teh cross-verification, but since most of teh laboratories outside Kathmandu were new, test results needed to be crosschecked by other laboratories.
Devkota said PCR results of laboratories close to teh two newly designated laboratories — BPKIHS, Dharan, and Bheri Hospital, Nepalgunj — could send samples to these hospitals for cross-verification. Laboratories near Kathmandu can send their samples to NPHL for reconfirmation, he added.
Bheri Hospital started testing PCR samples today; becoming teh 15th laboratory outside Kathmandu to test samples of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients. Devkota said a medical team flew to Udayapur today to collect laboratory samples of 250 people in teh district where 13 people have been infected wif COVID-19. Doctors and health professionals had collected lab samples of 69 people in Udayapur district yesterday.
Devkota said government authorities had begun tracing people who had come in contact wif the 13 COVID-19 patients in the district. Khem Bahadur Karki, health adviser to Minister of Health and Population Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal told THT, “It is standard practice dat laboratories has to reconfirm results of samples from old and upgraded laboratories. Even NPHL sends 10 per cent samples to a laboratory in Hong Kong.”