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Efficacy of Covid-19 testing comes under cloud

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Test results of CD Hospital lab & SKIMS vary; Advisor Baseer Khan says, will look into it

Srinagar: The authenticity of Covid-19 testing in Kashmir has come under the clouds of suspicion as several people got two different reports from the two testing facilities of the Union Territory.

A local news agency, KNO, reported that several people including a senior journalist, who were tested positive for the deadly COVID pandemic at Chest Disease hospital laboratory a few days back, tested negative for the virus at SKIMS Soura.

“Yes, I went to SKIMS the other day to be doubly sure whether I am a COVID positive. The results of my samples have come as negative,” the journalist was quoted by KNO as saying.

Another person, from Srinagar, who was tested positive at CD hospital laboratory, also said that his second test done at SKIMS Soura, has come as negative. He expressed apprehensions that there could be others too whose tests results would be wrong.

The news agency claimed that at least two dozen people called it and complained about faulty COVID tests done at CD hospital laboratory.

While talking to KNO, LG’s Advisor Baseer Khan said that many people have brought the issue of “faulty tests at CD hospital laboratory” to his notice.

“We will check and look into the issue and will find out why there are two results at two different places,” Khan said.

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