Lahore, December, 09:Dean Institute of Public Health, Prof. Dr. Zarfishan Tahir has said that a visible surge has been observed in the percentage of positive reports of COVID-19 PCR tests performed in the BSL-III Lab of the institute and there are chances of increasing numbers of patients in the 2nd wave of COVID19.therefore , doctors, laboratory staff have to work more dedicatedly with professional zeal to face the future challenges. She said that the procedure of Covid testing in PCR Lab of IPH is of international standard with 100% accuracy. So far, 40 thousands COVID tests have been performed in the Lab.
She said this while addressing an Orientation Session on COVID19 Molecular Diagnostics, personal protection, Data recording, Reporting of Lab tests etc. at IPH for the doctors, demonstrators and the allied staff, here today. ICU consultant Dr. Shakeel Azmat, Dr. Afshan Butt from National Health Services (NHS), UK apprised the participants of their experiences in UK while Dr. Obaid Ullah Qazi Incharge PCR Lab, IPH imparted training on the subject. The participants of the orientation seminar also visited the BSL-III Lab. Dr. Zarfiahan further said that PCR Corona test Lab of IPH is a very advanced lab equipped with modern gadgets. She said that this state of the art lab was functionalized in a very short period of time which is a big credit to the present government. She observed that due to the increasing number of patients during the second wave of the Virus, people should strictly follow the Sops of COVID-19 protection and ensure wearing face masks during going outside the residence and keep social distancing for the safety of themselves as well as their family members.