IT is unfortunate that five positive cases have been reported within hours of each other from the same laboratory.
Being the country’s leading Government laboratory, this is uncalled for.
Several things are of concern and should be highlighted.
First, those who have been accredited to conduct these laboratory examinations are well versed on safety measures, quality assurances and standard procedures which are regularly assessed and best practice passed on since 1957.
We all need to support their kind of work!
With the Covid-19, there are no short cuts and there is a fine line between heroism and plain stupidity.
Laboratory scientists are supposed to be university graduates who should “hit the ground running” and know exactly how best to protect themselves at all times from foreign, toxic, infectious or carcinogenic substances.
There is no room for complacency.
Regarding GeneXpert machines, scientists have been advised time and again since the beginning of the outbreak that with Covid-19, PCR is the gold standard and nothing else is to be used unless and until such time best training and standard practice have been trialed and is established in all Government and private hospitals.
This is because there is evidence geneXpert has increased risk for sample contamination and there is strong evidence the examiner has a high risk of being infected with what he/she is looking for.
So who called the shots?
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