BMC approves of testing for COVID-19 without doctor’s prescription

As the COVID-19 cases keep on increasing in Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to let people get tested for coronavirus even without a doctor’s prescription in an effort to increase the testings.

Commissioner of the BMC Iqbal Chahal said, “It’s part of our Mission Universal Testing launched a few days ago. Patients from MCGM (Municipal Council of Greater Mumbai) will not require a doctor’s prescription to get tested for Coronavirus. Mumbai is the first city in India to implement this.”

In support of this significant move, BJP leader Ram Kadam says that they have been demanding this for the last three months now. Good that the BMC has finally acted. It will save crucial time for COVID patients. This is the same BMC that sent notices to doctors in Mumbai for prescribing COVID-19 tests that turned out to be negative. What about so many lives that have been lost until now because it was difficult for many patients to get a doctor’s prescription on time.

Even as a lot of people and officials welcome this decision Dr. Deepak Baid, who is the president of Association of Medical Consultants (AMC) and also handles the COVID unit at BMC-run Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, Mumbai, has given a to-do- list for this plan of action to work.

  • There needs to be an assurance that the test appointment shall be given in 24 hours.
  • Patients should know of the testing centers beforehand.
  • Home testing should be made easily available
  • The labs should be packed with testing kits

The practice will be in place from July 8, 2020.

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