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Jalandhar: Health dept issues show-cause notice to Lal Path Lab for delayed reporting of Covid-19 positive cases | Ludhiana News

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JALANDHAR: Health department has issued a show-cause notice to Lal Path Labs for delay in the reporting of positive Covid-19 patients. The notices has been issued on the instructions of Jalandhar deputy commissioner Ghanshyam Thori.
The notice issued by the Civil Surgeon Dr Balwant Singh stated that the delay on part of the lab in reporting the cases subsequently caused trouble in the procedure of home isolation of positive patients which is a serious matter of concern for the department.
Dr Singh further said this sort of callous approach is duly unwarranted and stern action would be taken against the erring institutions as the reporting’s timing is of paramount importance when it comes to stem the virus spread. He further added that the officials were asked to conduct checking in all the private labs offering Covid-19 testing so that a real-time reporting of positive cases could be ensured besides the implementation of other government protocols.
The Lab after receiving the notice from the authorities, reported 78 positive cases from March 8 to 10, 2021. With the details of 78 cases furnished by the lab, the district administration started a special drive to ensure home isolation and contact tracing of all reported 78 patients. Notably, the delayed reporting of these old 78 cases is believed to have led to the surge in new infections.
The Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori has asked all the labs to strictly adhere to the state government guidelines as timely reporting can ensure early checking of the virus spread. He said that any kind of delay in the reporting would attract action from the authorities as such instances would be reported to the higher authorities.
The show cause notice was issued to nodal officer of the Lab and he was asked to furnish a written reply to Civil Surgeon Office within two days.

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