Ministry to engage private doctor after four new Covid-19 cases

Health Minister Molwyn Joseph says there was no coordination between ministry officials and a private doctor who confirmed four covid-19 cases on Sunday.

The minister told ABS that he will seek to engage the doctor today Monday 29th June 2020.

“However, it is an interesting development. There was no coordination between the Ministry of Health and the private doctor. But I think it’s a conversation that must be had and had urgently because of several implications,” he said.

The minister said, “When you use rapid tests you run the risk of getting false results. If for instance you get a false negative, it would suggest that individual is free of COVID and that individual could roam the entire society of Antigua and Barbuda or his workplace and transmit the disease.”

“This matter must now come to the fore and tomorrow we’re going to attempt to engage the private doctor to make sure that we are on the same page.

What should happen really is that rapid tests should be validated by the PCR test that is considered the most accurate” Joseph said.

Unfortunately, several protocols were breached; protocols that we observe when we test individuals that are not being observed when private individuals do the tests, in this case, this private physician.

Protocols of confidentiality and protocols of how you handle bio waste.”

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