Why four Coimbatore private labs debarred by the government to conduct COVID 19 testsVignesh Subbaian (Author) Published Date : Jul 05, 2020 23:41 IST
Why four Coimbatore private labs debarred by the government to conduct COVID 19 tests: In a letter dated July 3, the DRO of the State Health Insurance Unit of the Tamil Nadu government has temporarily debarred four private labs from conducting COVID 19 testing. The reason cited in the letter is the rapid increase in the number of tests reported by these labs in the last few days. Also, the payments for these increased number of tests mentioned by the United India Insurance Company's letter dated July 3 will be withheld until the pending inquiry.
Tamil Nadu tops in the COVID 19 tests in India: Tamil Nadu, with more than 13 lakhs of samples testing, tops with the number of COVID 19 tests in India. On par with the 49 Government testing centers, there were 45 private testing centers across Tamil Nadu to increase the daily testing of up to 36,000 samples.
WHO and many eminent scientists from the start had been stressing that the lockdown can only delay the coronavirus spread, and the only increased testing can bring it under control. And only recently there were increased numbers of tests, which helped the government isolate the positive cases from spreading to others. The private labs were also were on par with the government testing centers in identifying the positive cases.
Which does government debar the four Coimbatore labs, and why? The four Coimbatore private labs that are temporarily debarred by the government to conduct the COVID tests from July 4 include
- Microbiology laboratory
- Orbito - Asia laboratory
- Bioline laboratory
- Krishna laboratory
The insurance company had been asked to stop payment to non-CMCHIS or chief minister comprehensive health insurance scheme beneficiaries on or before June 30. And on receiving the UIIC letter for the breakup of the details of the tests and payment to CMCHIS and non-CMCHIS beneficiaries by these four labs, this new order of temporarily debarring them has been announced.
The government wants to know the reason for the rapid rise of test numbers in these labs in the last few days. An inquiry is expected to be set up regarding it, and only after its conclusion, these labs may be permitted to conduct COVID 19 tests again. Also, the UIIC will receive a disbursement of the insurance amount paid to the CMCHIS and non-CMCHIS beneficiaries for the tests conducted in June.