According to recent reports, a family of Aliganj gave their samples for the RT-PCR test but when they did not receive their report, they decided to go for a CT scan.
Satvik Pandey one of the family members said, “The CT scan showed my mother had an initial stage of Covid pneumonia after which we started medication. However, residents of my colony who had influenza-like symptoms continued to visit grocery shops and vegetable markets. When we told them that they should be in-home isolation, they said their test results are awaited and they are not sure whether they have Covid or not.”
Experts agree that delay in Covid-19 test results might be contributing to the high transmission rate being witnessed this month.
The three government-supported pathology labs in the city are taking 3-7 days in giving reports currently. While many private labs are also taking at least 48 hours to give reports due to limited resources and some of them are not even taking more samples than their daily capacity.
KGMU, SGPGIMS, and RMLIMS the three government-supported labs together conduct over 25,000 RT-PCR tests per day but since the number of samples is collected daily is more than 30,000, hence there is a huge backlog that causes a delay.
The number of private labs authorized to conduct Covid tests has been increased from 17 to 24 over the week. These labs conduct over 5,000 tests daily.
“In this new pandemic created by the mutant virus, the role of conventional PCR test is getting extremely Limited since a large number of viruses are escaping the PCR test. That’s a negative report on PCR test is being taken as a false sense of security and people are ignoring basic management protocols and this is leading to sudden deterioration of the health and death in many cases,” said Dr. Amit Gupta Senior Plastic Surgeon Founder, Director Divine Cosmetic Surgery Specialised in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery with fellowships from Brazil and Belgium.
“In addition, the extreme load on the Diagnostic infrastructure of the country is leading to delays in reporting the results which are sometimes even up to five days.”
“During this period patients are not starting treatment and your virus mutation is leading to Extreme deterioration of health by the fourth or the fifth day itself and by the time the reports are coming it is too late to prevent the virus attack early on,” added Dr. Gupta.