Doubts have been raised by the College of Medical Laboratory S c i e n c e (C M L S ) on whether private laboratories are providing false positive results after conducting PCR tests to sell expensive quarantine packages to patients.
CMLS President Ravi Kumudesh has said one of the reputed private hospitals in Sri Lanka has issued a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test report from its lab confirming that a pregnant patient was positive for Covid-19 on 20 May 2021. However, after the patient grew suspicious upon being offered the pricey quarantine package, she was tested by another hospital on 21 May 2021 and the report came back negative. “The test was done for a pregnant mother.
The first test report says she is positive and the hospital offered her a package for her delivery considering her Covid-positive status. However, when she got tested at another hospital, she proved to be negative,” Kumudesh said. “Due to this complication, she had herself tested from the first hospital on 22 May again. This time her report was negative.” He queried how this was possible and what could be the reasons behind these differing results.
Attempts to contact Public Health Services Deputy Director General Dr. Hemantha Herath and the Ministry Secretary Dr. S.H. Munasinghe