DCF Hospital Lab Touts 24hr COVID19 Turnaround Time, Needs More Staff for Probably Surge

by: - March 24, 2020
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The Ministry of Health says at this time, COVID19 test results are available within 24 hours but additional staff is needed to maintain that output.

Lab Superintendent at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital, Catherina Jemmott told a press conference that a surge in tests could mean challenges.

“We’re collaborating with the Caribbean Public Health Agency which continues to provide support to us- technical assistance, advice and so on…”  Jemmott affirms.

“We observe strict safety precautions at all stages of the process. Our stated turnaround time is 24 hours and as for now we can maintain that 24 hours. If we get a boom of cases, I am not too sure about that,” she said however.

“The aim right now is to bring in additional human resource so that we can expand our testing.

The Hon Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, Chair of the Cabinet subcommittee on COVID19 revealed that rapid testing is also under consideration.

There’s been discussion about utilizing rapid testing I have spoken to the health officials and asked them to discuss it among themselves because we need to be advised on it,” he shared. “I am on standby to order the kits, we have identified a source for this.”

Hon Skerrit says there are some discussions which the professionals must have to advise us on rapid testing. There’s a view that we should be testing more people in a quicker period of time so that we know where we stand.

The Hon Prime Minister said that “that is a matter for the professionals…there are different views on it.”