RT-PCR reports delays making it tough to get beds, CT-scans, Health News, ET HealthWorld

BHOPAL: Without coronavirus infection screening through RT-PCR test, patients are finding it tough to even get hospital admission. The situation is worse in SARI ward where presumptive treatment of the infection was started before Covid-19 test report was confirmed.

The situation is getting more complicated after, some CT-scan outlets have started to refuse a scan for infection, unless RT-PCR report is available.

“In the absence of this test report, neither the patients are getting admission in the hospital. Besides, those who are giving samples for RT-PCR test also have to wait for the report for five to seven days. These conditions are when the corona infection in the city is at its peak,” said a retired doctor, seeking anonymity.

Health department and district administration are yet to take notice about ‘private diagnostics centres denying patients CT-scan (HRTC) if they do not have a RT-PCR test report. It comes after price fixation for the all-important test to determine infection spread. Similar reluctance for RT-PCR testing was reported after government fixation.

The RT-PCR test is the most reliable for detecting corona infection in the body. Since the infection first affects the lungs, often doctors also do a CT scan test for getting a correct assessment. Till a few days ago, CT scans were usually conducted easily at city hospitals and diagnostic centres. But in the last fifteen days, trouble has also started here too. When contacted, district health official did not comment.

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