Covid tests: Private labs resume services in Hyderabad

ICMR, based on the National Accreditation for Testing and Calibration Laboratories certification, had permitted 23 private laboratories in and around Hyderabad to conduct Covid tests

By Author  |  Published: 10th Jul 2020  10:56 pm
Covid tests

Hyderabad: Close to a dozen private laboratories in Hyderabad, which had stopped taking samples from suspected patients for Covid-19 diagnosis, have now resumed their services.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), based on the National Accreditation for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) certification, had permitted 23 private laboratories in and around Hyderabad to conduct Covid-19 tests.

However, a few days ago, some of the private laboratories had suspended Covid-19 diagnostic tests after inspection teams from the health wing detected discrepancies and deficiencies. After carrying out required modifications, close to a dozen laboratories in Hyderabad have started providing Covid-19 tests.

Individuals, who want to be tested for Covid-19, have to make an appointment and schedule a slot on the website of the private laboratories. There are some private laboratories, which are operated directly by corporate hospitals in Hyderabad and they are providing Covid-19 tests only to patients who are already admitted in the hospitals.

Standalone and independent private diagnostic facilities, however, have started taking Covid-19 samples from individual suspected patients.

Visit icmr.gov.in for list of approved private labs.


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