No checking in illegal pathology labs for yrs

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Nov 2017 11:24:41


Staff Reporter,

There were much illegal pathology labs mushroomed in different parts of the city but there is no check on it for years. Every year many illegal pathology labs are opened nobody knows whether there is any pathologist or paramedical staffers sign the test reports that raises question of trueness of the pathology test reports.

Sources said, senior officers had asked district health authorities Chief Medical & Health Officers (CMHOs) to pay surprise visits to the private pathology labs to check whether the samples are tested by the trained lab technicians or have degree holder pathologist. But these instructions are said to be remained in files, the district health authorities by one or another pretend do not check the pathology labs.

An officer in directorate of health said, if the district health authorities properly check private pathology labs in districts, about 30 percent pathology labs could be illegal and might be shut down. Patients do not know which pathology is legal and which one is illegal and many times the samples tested by untrained persons become dangerous to the patients. Even many reminders were sent to the district health authorities in this regard but in vain. Not only in the districts, the private pathologies in even State Capital were not checked by the Chief Medical & Health Officer (CMHO).

It is learnt that many complaints of the pathologies are with the CMHO office despite no teams of doctors and paramedical staff were formed to pay check the private pathology labs. However, during the tenure of Dr Pankaj Shukla and Dr Veena Sinha, the doctors’ teams were formed to check the private hospitals and pathologies but they also did not perform their duty as it was additional work to them, they were to check the patients in hospitals and perform their other routine duties.

When contacted Dr Sudhir Jesani, Chief Medical & Health Officer said he could not spare time to check the private pathologies due to more work . I will start surprise checking of the private pathologies from this November, he said.