The state well being division has determined to take penal motion towards the personal pathological laboratories in the event that they take pleasure in fast tests for diagnosing dengue in violation of the rules of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).
According to the WHO and NVBDCP pointers, NS1 Elisa and IgM Elisa are the one recognised pathological tests to detect the dengue virus. These tests are extremely costly and it takes no less than 24 hours to get stories. But the fast take a look at is cheaper and just about provides prompt outcomes inside 15 to twenty minutes. The fast take a look at doesn’t give correct outcomes all the time.
The director of well being providers (DHS), Dr BR Satpathi, held a gathering with the representatives of 30 premier personal laboratories and Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s well being officers at Swasthya Bhaban .
“We have alerted the private labs not to indulge in rapid tests to detect the dengue virus. This type of test has not been approved by the WHO and the ministry of health. A section of private laboratories indulges in this type of unethical serological test just to earn more. We have asked them to conduct the NS1 Elisa and IgM Elisa tests to detect the dengue virus accurately,” Satpathi stated.
Several labs are additionally not commonly sending stories of dengue tests to the well being division.
“We have asked them to send the reports regularly to our department in order to keep a watch on the prevalence of the virus,” the DHS stated. The well being division has requested the personal laboratories to cost a uniform quantity for the NS1 Elisa and IgM Elisa tests.
“There is no uniformity in the dengue test charges. Several labs are also asking for exorbitant amounts for the same type of tests. Considering the plight of patients, we have proposed to them to ensure that the charge doesn’t vary. I hope they will consider our proposal,” he added.
The KMC is advocating these two varieties of Elisa tests authorised by WHO and NVBDCP.
“The government should launch a drive for carrying out a massive awareness programme on dengue diagnosis tests at a time when the viral outbreak is ravaging Delhi. Many patients rush for rapid tests but these can’t give an accurate result. It’s also a fact that the charge for the Elisa tests is too expensive for the poor and middle class patients,” stated a senior microbiologist connected with a staterun medical faculty within the metropolis.
Private labs cost between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000 for a NS1 or IgM take a look at.