Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi
20 May, 2021 | 9:06 am
COLOMBO (News 1st): The quality and charges of PCR tests conducted by the private sector will soon be regulated, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday (May 20).
It has been observed that certain institutions are exceeding the maximum number of PCR tests that can be conducted by one machine per day, Dr. G. Wijesuriya, the Deputy Director-General of Health Services said in an interview with News 1st on Thursday (May 20).
“There is a specific number of tests that can be performed by one PCR machine in one day. However, some institutions are attempting to conduct around 5000 to 7500 tests by using a PCR machine that can conduct only 1500 tests in one day. Therefore, there is a question on the quality of PCR tests,” Dr. Wijesuriya noted.
As such, discussions will be held with the relevant officials this week and a circular will be issued prohibiting institutions from exceeding the maximum number of PCR tests that can be conducted by one machine daily, he said.
“The charges of PCR tests will be also gazetted following the issuance of a circular, to prevent certain institutions from charging exorbitant amounts to conduct tests,” Dr. G. Wijesuriya of the Health Ministry emphasized.
Whilst the daily rate of PCR tests conducted in the country stands at around 30,000 at present, Dr. Wijesuriya noted that measures are in place to further increase the rate of PCR tests.
“Steps are being taken to provide the specific equipment required to increase the number of PCR tests and also enhance laboratory facilities,” he further noted.
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