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Establishment of a National Focal Point to Monitor the Performance of PCR Centres in Sri Lanka

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P. Athapattu ,

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P. H. Wijenayake,

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P. K. G. P. Weediyawatta

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Abstract

Introduction: The number of confirmed cases of COVID -19 informs us about the development and magnitude of the global pandemic. Confirmation of COVID-19 infection is mainly by testing with PCR. The necessity of evaluating the performance of PCR laboratories was identified to understand how the pandemic was progressing, how to respond appropriately to the threat; either as individuals or as a society, to learn where countermeasures against the pandemic worked and for planning. Reliable data on testing was therefore necessary to assess spread of the pandemic.

 

Objective: To establish a national focal point to collect quality, accurate, timely data of PCR test performance for planning and to make decision.

 

Methods: Defining of data elements for collection and monitoring of the performance of PCR laboratories was done as the first step. Digital solution was identified after assessing the requirement. Agile development method was used to develop the digital solution, which consists of five modules. Entered data on PCR performance of laboratories were analyzed by the officer in charge of the focal point and disseminated timely, accurate, complete and compile data to the relevant officials on daily basis for further planning and implementation.

 

Results: Performance of individual laboratories was identified on daily basis. Private sector performance was higher than public sector. Peaks showed the local clusters.

 

Conclusion: A quality, accurate and real-time data and information helped for remarkable improvement in every step of planning and decision making to overcome the global challenge of COVID-19.

 

Limitations: Computer literacy, close monitoring and duplication of data affected for accuracy.
How to Cite: Athapattu, P., Wijenayake, P.H. and Weediyawatta, P.K.G.P., 2021. Establishment of a National Focal Point to Monitor the Performance of PCR Centres in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Journal of Medical Administration, 22(1), pp.49–55. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljma.v22i1.5362
Published on 20 Dec 2021.
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