SHCC’s team visits public sector laboratories to assess COVID-19 PCR testing services

KARACHI: After visiting the existing private sector facilities conducting PCR testing for COVID-19, on the request of the Technical Committee on Laboratories and Diagnostics formed under the directives of Chief Secretary, the Sindh Healthcare Commission’s Inspection team undertook visits of public laboratories, currently providing services of COVID-19 PCR testing.

The team comprised of members from the inspection teams
of the Directorate of Licensing and the Directorate of Complaints. The team,
under the supervision of Director Complaint Dr Amir Hussain, comprised of Dr
Zubair Soomro, Dr Mansoor Bhutto, and Dr Lubna Raees.

The team has conducted satisfactory visits at the
laboratories of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Dow
International University, Civil Hospital, and Sindh Institute of Urology and
Transplantation. Based on the visits, reports were shared with the concerned.

The Directorate of Anti-Quackery visited in this week’s
District Hyderabad, District Shaheed Benazirabad, District Qamber Shahdadkot
Taluka Warah of division Larkana, District East of division Karachi, District
Jacobabad Taluka Ghari Khero of division Larkana, District Dadu Taluka K.N.Shah
of division Larkana.

The teams observed, inspected, and verified pathological labs,
diagnostic centers, collection points, GP clinics, medical centers, RHC, homeopathic,
isolation centers, and wards.

This week, the team visited 226 clinics, labs, and
diagnostic centers. Nine clinics were sealed, and to date, a total of 3507 healthcare
establishments (HCEs) have been sealed in Sindh.

Forty-eight warnings were issued to clinics for
non-compliance this week. To date, the total warnings for non-compliance issued
to clinics add up to 1356.

The Directorate of Clinical Governance & Training, in
collaboration with Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Society of
Pakistan (MMIDSP), arranged an online training session on COVID-19.  More than 250 candidates, which include
doctors, paramedics, and senior technicians from the Fatmiyah Hospital, Darul
Sehat Hospital, Patel Hospital, MHEF, NIBD, and Khairunisa Hospital, attended
the training.

The covered topics included Prevention and Precautions
for COVID-19, Donning & Doffing PPE, Hand Hygiene, COVID-19 Patient
Management, Collection and Securing Naso/Oropharyngeal Test Samples, Waste
Management, Environmental Cleaning, and Management of Exposed HCW. The Directorate
of Clinical Governance & Trainings was nominated by the Government of Sindh
to conduct training sessions for healthcare providers in the district East Karachi
as a WHO Master Trainer.

The Directorate of Complaint received a total of 130
complaints to date, out of which 90 complaints have been disposed of, 36
complaints are under process, while 4 are sub-judice. While the Directorate
through the PMDU portal, received 846 complaints out of which 322 complaints have
been resolved, 18 are in process, 456 have been dropped, and 50 complaints have
been forwarded.

While the Directorate of Licensing and Accreditation compiled the database for ventilators and isolation wards at the public and private hospitals in Sindh. The Directorate received a total of 10,800 applications for registration to date. Registration certificates have been issued 9509 HCEs. The total number of provisional licenses issued to HCEs is now 23.

-DN Report

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