Public health lab in Sudurpaschim struggling to send blood samples to Kathmandu 

25, Mar 2020 |

Lockdown creates difficulty in transporting the sample of suspected coronavirus patient from Sudurpaschim region of Nepal

Without transportation means, the public health laboratory in Sudurpaschim State is facing difficulty to send blood samples of suspected coronavirus patients to Kathmandu for tests. The laboratory has, however, sent blood samples of 14 suspected people to Kathmandu for tests so far.

"Of the samples sent from Kailali, Bajura and Kanchanpur, reports of nine suspected have been found negative for the virus," said the lab technician and focal person of the laboratory, Ram Prasad Ojha, adding that so far, Kailali has sent blood samples of 7 suspected people to the laboratory,  4 from Bajura and 3 from Kanchanpur district. Of the samples sent from Kanchanpur, two have been sent to Kathmandu for the test, and reports are awaited, he said, adding that efforts are being made to send the remaining samples for testing in Kathmandu. 

He admitted that difficulties had involved sending samples to Kathmandu due to lockdown. "Roadways and airways are shut creating difficulty to send samples to Kathmandu. However, alternatives are being sought in this regard," he said.

Lack of laboratories to test for coronavirus outside the Kathmandu Valley has also made the matter worse. Only Kathmandu-based laboratory, National Public Health Laboratory, has resources to test for the infection. 

Three suspected people have been kept at Mahakali Hospital in Bhimdattanagar. Their swabs have been sent to Kathmandu, and reports are awaited, said a health worker.


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