The world is facing a global crisis of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The testing capacity has always been a question mark to the performance of any government in the world. In Pakistan, nearly 6,000 patients have been reported to date.
The current testing capacity of Pakistan is still very low. According to SAPM on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza, the government of Pakistan is trying to increase the capacity to 20,000 PCR tests by the end of April 2020.
Meanwhile, InstaCare and Sehat Karwan – always known for its innovation in making healthcare services accessible in Pakistan, joined hands with Eurofins Biomnis, a Global European leader in Diagnostic Services through Balsa. With this collaboration, InstaCare now has the capacity to conduct up to 40,000 PCR tests in Pakistan every month.
It’s a massive contribution by a European leader to support Pakistan and is also a great support for the government where our own local pathology labs have a monthly capacity of fewer than 10,000 tests per month.
Eurofins is currently offering the test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the USA, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, and the Netherlands and will soon offer service in more countries. Having a global capacity of 15,000 tests per day, Eurofins has already conducted more than 600,000 tests.
How PCR tests will reach to Eurofins Biomnis?
- Through a web and mobile portal, a patient can book a test with a home sample collection service in Pakistan.
- A patient can also use a helpline number i.e. 0317-9797297 and 0317-1777516 to book a test.
- Sehat Karwan will start collecting the samples with home delivery service in collaboration with Insta Care, Lahore.
- These samples will be shipped to Eurofins Biomnis diagnostic centers in Europe.
- Within 4 days, results will be produced.
- Digital reports will be provided to the patients through InstaCare’s EMR.
Authenticity and Credibility
Eurofins Biomnis performs 32,000 tests every day with a team of 737 pathologists, highly qualified scientists, and technologists. Currently, the European leader is operating in over 40 countries across the world with 23 international collection hubs.
The collaboration between InstaCare, Sehat Karwan and Eurofins Biomnis through Balsa has collectively increased the national testing capacity to over 100,000+ tests per month. It is also important to understand the significance of collaboration in this critical time when SARS-CoV-2 detection is crucial for every country.
Not just the testing capacity, but also the authenticity and quality of the test are some real challenges for everyone.
Current situation of coronavirus testing in Pakistan
According to Government officials, Pakistan will have the capacity of testing 25,000 patients per day by the end of this month. But are the testing kits that are employed currently precise enough to give credible results?
There are several instances when people were tested positive while they were not infected and then in the second test it showed they are negative. Consider that if a kit can show a negative case positive, then the opposite can also be true.
If a corona positive has been ignored because of the wrong test result, this can cause serious consequences. That’s why, in any case, we must not compromise on quality. As mentioned above, Eurofins Biomins is currently serving in countries like Britain, US, and Germany.
Furthermore, there is a small number of laboratories that are providing testing options but there are two problems. They don’t have nationwide reach and charge a considerable amount of money.
To solve this problem, along with Insta Care, Sehat Karwan will serve a vast number of people.