Accuracy of COVID-19 tests carried out in Jaffna called into question

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 April 2020, 23:41 GMT]
Director of Jaffna Teaching Hospital Dr T Sathiyamoorthy has been issuing daily reports, including the cases both within and beyond his area of responsibility, covering the entire district of Jaffna. The Jaffna Hospital is unable to carry out tests effectively using its test equipment. The tests were being carried out externally at the medical faculty of the University of Jaffna. There were issues with the test equipment as verification tests with distilled water failed to perform as expected at both the labs in Jaffna. In the meantime, the supplier of the reagents has also questioned the possibility of contamination of the test environment, triggering concerns among the laboratory technicians, informed medical practitioners said on condition on anonymity.

Forty-five days have passed after the spread of coronavirus in the island, and the testing ability of the Teaching Hospital in Jaffna remains abysmal.

Only one person has been tested positive so far among the admissions at the Jaffna Hospital and that too a case with apparent symptoms.

Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) Dr A Ketheeswaran remains mostly silent due to the pressure from the SL authorities. SL Police, as well as the SL Governor to North, have restricted him on providing information to media.

The figures provided by Dr Sathiyamoorthy from 25 April to 30 April, follow:

Covid 19 report, JTH
Covid 19 report, JTH
Covid 19 report, JTH
Covid 19 report, JTH
Covid 19 report, JTH
Covid 19 report, JTH


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