IHRA starts crackdown on private Covid-19 test providers

City Reporter

Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority has started a crackdown on private COVID-19 testing laboratories in the fedral capital on issuing fake results of the infection tests with the support of travel agents.

“These laboratories are unlawfully giving wrong PCR test reports of Coronavirus as per the desire of the people with the involvement of some travel agents,” Chief Executive Officer, IHRA, Dr. Quaid Saeed Akhunzada said on Saturday in an interview.

He said that it was also observed that some labs have issued such COVID-19 reports without receiving blood samples or even issued negative reports to the positive patients to make their traveling easier with having wrong dealings with travel agents.

Dr. Akhunzada said, “We will not allow anyone to run any such illegal business in the medical field.

They are playing with the health of people while deceiving health authorities.” He said that IHRA inspections teams had started surprise visits to all such labs and their collection points.

He added the authority had suspended the services of three laboratories while further were under observation.

“We have started collecting data to take action and seal all such labs with the support of the local administration as we are against this unlawful practice and our policy is zero-tolerance against such illegal activity.”

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