Union Health Ministry permits COVID testing sans government doctor’s prescription

Some states had mandated getting a prescription from a government doctor to undergo COVID-19  testing. However assuming the current surge in daily COVID-19 cases the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday has advised all States and the Union Territories to allow all medical practitioners, including private practitioners, to prescribe COVID tests to any individual fulfilling the criteria of testing as per ICMR guidelines.

“This mandatory requirement may at times pose an impediment to an individual to get tested and lead to unnecessary delays. At this juncture, it is absolutely necessary to facilitate testing at the earliest by enabling all qualified medical practitioners, including private practitioners, to prescribe COVID test to any individual fulfilling the criteria or testing as per ICMR guidelines,” The statement read.

It further informed that the ICMR has recommended all laboratories to be free to test any individual and hence no State authorities should restrict any individual from getting tested.

“It is important to augment testing for COVID in all parts of the country. This is the only way to detect the infection early and prevent its spread,” the Union Health Ministry added.

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