Five travelers traveling to Hong Kong from Nepal showed a negative corona test result on October 2 and re-tested positive at Hongkong. After re-testing the passengers, Hong Kong suspended Nepal’s flight from October 4 to 17, resulting in Hongkong’s positive test.
After the flight restriction was removed, the same directive was repeated. The story of nine passengers traveling with a negative report from Nepal was checked in Hong Kong on October 19 and found to be positive. This period, from October 22 through November 4, Hong Kong barred flights to Nepal.
After continuing the same series for the third time, the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department halted the Kathmandu-Hong Kong flight by sending a note to the Nepal Airlines Corporation for the third time from November 12 to November 25.
The same issue has been seen in Hong Kong and Kathmandu-Narita (Japan), another Nepal Airlines destination.
In an email, Japan notified the Nepal AIelines after at least two to 10 individuals recorded positive results for each flight during the passengers’ re-examination.
Besides that, during the corporation’s Kathmandu-Dubai trip, the passengers who left with adverse reports were positive. The Director-General of Civil Aviation of the UAE has sent a letter seeking the corporation’s concern.
Problems with results from the lab?
Each nation has been demanding a 72-hour negative PCR report due to the global outbreak of the corona epidemic to enable infected individuals to reach their country.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, however, has written a letter demanding an inquiry into the event to the COVID-19 Crisis Management Center and the Ministry of Health and Population.
In a letter to the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism said: “If such a conflict happened, again and again, the integrity of the testing within Nepal might be doubted, and the national image may be besmirched, and perhaps even regular flights may be significantly impacted,”
The Ministry of Tourism has submitted a letter to identify the individual listed in the report to the Ministry for inquiry.
The report sent to the Ministry of Health by the Ministry of Tourism reveals that Star Hospital has ten reports, one each from the Central Diagnostic Laboratory, Surya Healthcare, and one each from Hams Hospital.
Why does the report differ?
The Ministry of Tourism believes that the findings in Nepal and abroad might have been separately attributed to why private laboratories provide false reports, exploit the reports even after collecting swabs, and hold the swabs preserved for a defined period.
Kamal Prasad Bhattarai, a spokesman for the Ministry of Tourism, said, “We have sent a letter to the Ministry of Health with specifics of the passenger’s test to figure out what sparked it,”
Microbiologist Dr. Ranjit Sah, National Public Health Laboratory Tekuka Consultant, finds the reasons provided by the Ministry as the fundamental explanation for the disparity in PCR records in Nepal and abroad.
‘ The test might have been finished, but there was little time for the results to waiting, so the paper might have been provided in a rush,’ Sah says.
Checking persons who have gone internationally with records from some hospitals and laboratories in Nepal has made a difference. Star Hospital is one of them. Dr. Anil Pokharel, a member of the hospital’s board of directors, said the test’s accuracy (ability to identify the virus) might have made much difference.
Irrespective as to how adequately tested, the test’s sensitivity is 60 to 70 percent. Just 6 to 7 will display positive while re-testing ten positives,’ he stated.’ We see positive in 125 individuals every day. Concerns can be shown in 30 of them’ reports. This is a sensitivity issue.’
They re-test during treatment for the same cause if there is any question in the first study, he added.
He also said that only the swabs had the potential to diagnose the virus better after the third day than the swabs provided on the first day of infection, making a difference on the day on which the test was performed.
The Team of Inquiry
The Ministry of Health established an inquiry committee on Thursday to research the discrepancies between test results in Nepal and abroad.
Under the coordination of Dr. Mukunda Sharma, acting director of the National Public Health Laboratory, the Ministry formed an inquiry committee. The committee has 48 hours to check the Ministry’s passenger test study. Sharma said. Sharma said.
“We go over to the lab and collect their report from each person’s ID and verify it,” Sharma said. After verifying, we will figure out what the problem is.”
A government lab study to understand the market only the private Laboratory report provided by Nepal Airlines Corporation is undergoing a problem is recognized as the only official lab tests to seek to Tourism Ministry has requested.
Karishma Shrestha, the airline corporation’s spokesperson, said the matter had been replicated several times, and the corporation’s flight reputation had been dented.