Tracking COVID Patient Gets Tricky in Ghaziabad

The COVID-19 patient management system of Ghaziabad, launched last week to keep track of those who have tested positive for the infection in the city, has been hampered by delayed or incomplete information on the portal, allowing several COVID-19 patients to go under the radar.

On Tuesday, July 28, The official said that information of 83 ‘new’ patients uploaded on the portal. However, when the officials got in touch with them. It discovered that 11 of them had already completed their isolation period. They had discharged. Moreover, the address and phone details of nine patients were incorrect.

The official also added, in Ghaziabad, only two private laboratories authorized to carry out Covid-19 tests. The administration has blamed the private laboratories in Delhi. They saying they were not being diligent enough while recording information about the patient. In many cases, they were passing on information to the health department late.

The district magistrate of Ghaziabad- Ajay Shankar Pandey said that “it is mandatory for private laboratories to record the complete information of patients who have tested positive and pass it on to the health department immediately, but it has come to light that these labs are either passing on information late or are not being careful enough to verify the details by keeping a photocopy of patients’ Aadhaar card and also verify their phone numbers.”

He also added they have written to the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) and the state government to issue orders to plug the gaps. “While about 4,000 patients have discharged. We can’t afford to lower our guard as it could negate the advances we have made so far.”

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