Not all pregnant women required to undergo Covid test, Delhi govt tells HC
New Delhi: Not all pregnant women are required to undergo COVID-19 tests when they go to a hospital for obstetrical care (child birth), the AAP government told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.
The submission was made before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan by the Delhi government on affidavit which stated that only suspected cases of COVID-19 are tested for the viral infection.
However, obstetrical care cannot be delayed for want of testing, the Delhi government said, adding that not all symptomatic pregnant women would be tested.
Only those coming from hotspots or those who have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 are tested for the viral infection, the government has said.
Taking note of the affidavit, the court said it was not going to further monitor the case as a clear set of guidelines have been put in place by the government.
"Enough and adequate have been taken to expedite
testing and in certain cases testing is also not required," the bench said.
It further asked the Delhi government to ensure that time taken from when a healthcare provider decides to go for COVID-19 testing of a pregnant woman, the sample collection and the declaration of results, all together ought not to take more than 24 hours.
It also asked the government to disseminate the latest guidelines on testing of pregnant women to all of its and private hospitals in the national Capital.
With these directions, the court disposed of a PIL seeking expeditious testing and speedy declaration of results of pregnant women going to hospitals for child birth.