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Coronavirus: Doctors’ union warns of PCR shortage (updated)

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The state health services organisation (Okypy) on Tuesday said it was taking all the necessary steps to be able to provide as many fast PCR reagents as possible, citing inability of the supplier to provide the requested quantities due to the increased demand worldwide.

Okypy, that runs state hospitals, said that it has a contract with a company for the supply of fast PCR reagents (one hour), “which are unique in their kind.” The reagents are needed to process the tests once a swab has been taken.

The company in question, however, has informed them that due to increased demand worldwide it is unable to deliver the required quantities.

“Okypy is taking all necessary steps to be able to secure as many reagents as possible,” a statement said. Until the issue is finally resolved, it said, all patient samples will be molecularly tested with appropriate equipment and the results will be available in about seven hours.

Earlier in the day state doctors’ union Pasyki said there was shortage in some state hospitals of diagnostic reagents for the PCR tests.

The union said in a written statement that this shortage has been observed in recent days.

Taking a swipe at Okypy the union said that given the epidemiological situation in the country, it was unacceptable for the organisation’s “well-publicised and coordinated plans to show leaks and gaps in the infrastructure of public hospitals, which have been mainly called upon to deal with the effects of the pandemic.”

Pasyki also accused Okypy of arbitrarily deciding to impose “unacceptable and scientifically unsubstantiated practices” for testing patients suspected of having coronavirus with rapid antigen detection tests before their admission to hospitals.

This puts at risk patients and health professionals, it said.

“Collective responsibility concerns everyone,” the union said.

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