New Delhi, Mar 22 : In a bid to scale up government's efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus, Chennai-based Neuberg Diagnostics is preparing itself to start COVID-19 RT PCR tests on its own and associate National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) certified labs in eight cities across the country.
The eight cities are Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, and Kolkata. Company's Chairman and Managing Director G S K Velu told UNI that they are awaiting approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to start testing for COVID 19. "We are hopeful to get approval soon, along with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols for testing from ICMR, he said. A unit of Trivitron Healthcare, Neuberg Diagnostics has recently developed an indigenous testing kit for testing COVID-19 cases in just Rs 500.
"To use the kit Neuberg has to wait for clearances from National Institute of Virology (NIV) as it has been mandated that one has to test 1,000 positive samples (while India has less than 200 positive cases). We have synthetic samples to test and get the clearances in the coming two weeks," said Velu. Voicing his concern over the regulatory issues regarding accreditation of path labs in India, Trivitron Healthcare CMD said, "With the rise in population, disposable income and awareness about the lifestyle diseases the path lab industry in India is poised for strong growth, but lack of regulations in the industry poses serious concerns and threats." "However, the government of late has shown an intent to bring in minimum standards and regulations in the industry, but it has to be religiously implemented by the State Governments as Health is a State mandate."
"In India, there are only 1,200 NABL accredited labs and thousands of unregulated labs are mushrooming everywhere because of no strict regulations in setting up a path lab. Quality accreditations remain voluntary for the path labs," he said, adding that it is equally important that the general public is kept educated continuously about making the right choices when it comes to choosing a path lab based on quality.(UNI)