The Corona counter 112 … and three cures: the battle of laboratory tests: private hospitals lag?


“I recommend you more tests.” This is the most prominent summary that could translate the urgency of WHO President Tidros Adhanum Gebresus yesterday to conduct the largest possible number of laboratory tests and analyzes related to the diagnosis of the emerging corona virus, because “no one can extinguish the fire while the eyes are closed.”And while those concerned with health issues argue that epidemiological surveillance operations cannot be straightened without intensifying laboratory tests, as they are of great importance in setting up a wide database on which decisions to isolate or “liberate” areas are taken, attention is drawn to the reality of these examinations in Lebanon in light of It is limited to conducting only three laboratories accredited to the Ministry of Health, in addition to the Rafic Hariri Hospital, the largest “minister” in the battle against the epidemic in terms of examinations and receiving cases.
To the government hospital, which “incubates” alone half of the injuries and currently performs more than 70% of the tests, there are the American University of Beirut laboratories and the Hospital Dieu Hospital laboratories “which only perform tests for its patients”, and the Merieux Laboratories of the Jesuit University, while Rizk Hospital has not started the tests Yet, “it is expected that this will start this week,” according to “health” sources. According to the information, only the Hariri Hospital conducts the examination for free (what justifies the intensity of its demand), while other laboratories did not adhere to the pricing of 150 thousand liras for “non-serious” cases (one of the laboratories price the examination with more than 300 thousand liras), and there is no free examination for serious cases .

Medical sources concerned with the health file, I was surprised that the university hospitals in Lebanon are not equipped with a basis for conducting the PCR (dedicated to detecting viruses), «especially that many diseases require the presence of DNA detection technology provided by this type of basic tests in university medical life» . It warned of the seriousness of the imbalance that governs the reality of private hospitals, in light of the inability to “survive” the absolute dependence on the Rafic Hariri University Hospital.
So far, there are no accurate figures on the number of examinations performed. However, estimates by sources in the Epidemiological Surveillance Department in the Ministry of Health indicate that about 2,700 examinations are being conducted, and that the average daily examinations currently range between 250 and 300, of which about 200 are conducted in Al-Hariri (more than 66%). This tremendous pressure in light of the slow accreditation of hospitals and laboratories in the regions, is reflected in the resources of the exhausted hospital, while data indicate the beginning of the separation of the isolators required to conduct the examination, in light of the expected increase in injuries.
As of yesterday evening, the number of injuries had reached 112, with 3 additional cases registered at Rafic Hariri University Hospital. The hospital announced the recovery of two additional cases, so that the total number of cases recovered completely (the results of laboratory tests were devoid of any presence of the virus) three, while there are, according to sources of the Ministry of Health, more than 15 cases whose owners were clinically cured (the symptoms are removed completely but the results of the tests still indicate The presence of the virus).

66% of the tests are done in “Hariri University” because of its free nature

The daily report of the hospital also pointed out that the total number of suspected cases in the quarantine reached nine, pending the result of the laboratory examination, noting that «the situation of those with corona is stable except two cases and their condition is critical».
It is true that the closure and curfew decision taken by the Council of Ministers was “wise”, according to a former health minister, in light of the weak hospital and health capabilities, but there are steps that the state must follow regarding its strategic plans to ensure that the tests are conducted before discussing people’s commitment to preventive and quarantine measures, in addition to What is the mechanism for transferring residents of the regions to conduct examinations in the coming days, and what about alternative government hospitals that need to be prepared at the earliest time? What are the powers granted to local authorities to control prevention measures and transfer the injured and the size of their eligibility to assume this type of task?


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