New cases of virus questions standards

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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?

Save i pulap

4 comments

  • It would be interesting to investigate if all our medical equipments from face masks, ventilators and testing kits are proven Health N95 classification kits and certified by the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Please PNG, note that millions and millions of Covid 19 equipments made in China have proven to be fake equipments and cannot protect our frontline Medical experts. Many Governments around the world, including companies are suing Chinese companies for selling fake maskers and non hospital grade Covid 19 equipements. Please Health Minister should order an investigation into why the same laboratory has been the centre of spreading covid 19 and why this has happened?

  • It would be interesting to investigate if all our medical equipments from face masks, ventilators and testing kits are proven Health N95 classification kits and certified by the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Please PNG, note that millions and millions of Covid 19 equipments made in China have proven to be fake equipments and cannot protect our frontline Medical experts. Many Governments around the world, including companies are suing Chinese companies for selling fake maskers and non hospital grade Covid 19 equipements. Please Health Minister should order an investigation into why the same laboratory has been the centre of spreading covid 19 and why this has happened?
    Maybe conduct a thorough tests on the medical kits we have ordered. Do not just accept kits from China. They are a cunning and deceitful people and we should be careful in dealing with them.

  • International flights are banned, inbound passengers are qarantined, coronary virus survival is limited by time and temperature. And so who/what is the vector/carrier of the virus. Are breeding viruses locally. Is it from mutation of existing virus populace due to climate change. Some medical expert need to provide scientific explanation of the upsurge of infections.

  • Why are we importing Made-In-China? In case you didn’t know, the world has declared that the chinese have invented the coronavirus. It is also a known fact that China manufactures and sells cheap and fake products.

    Let’s stop buying made-in-china!

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