Punjab Govt Seals Bahria Town Coronavirus Lab For Concealing 40 Patients
The government of Punjab has sealed a coronavirus testing laboratory in Rawalpindi’s Bahria Town for not reporting 40 patients who were tested positive for the virus.
Journalist Nadeem Malik on his show claimed that the lab was established illegally without the required approval of Punjab Healthcare Commission. The report said that the lab was also violating the standard operational procedures (SOPs) announced by the provincial government.
— Nadeem Malik (@nadeemmalik) May 5, 2020
The journalist said that the said laboratory in Bahria Town phase 8 hospital, had concealed up to 45 to 50 Covid-19 positive cases. He said that the PCR lab was sealed because it neither followed the standard protocol regarding the safety of the staff from contracting the virus, nor the government issued SOPs.
“The standard protocol for every private lab requires them to share information related to positive cases with the government so that it could trace the close contact of the infected patient. As per health experts, a single coronavirus patient can transmit the virus to about 35 to 40 people,” Malik said.
Malik also criticised Bahria Town’s advertisement in newspapers regarding its ‘cheap’ coronavirus testing facility in Lahore, saying that the real estate company was not authorized and qualified to run a diagnostic lab.