“Laboratory Failure at Ben Gurion Airport” | IAS

Esther Admon, chairwoman of the Histadrut of Public Laboratories, breaks the silence after about six months and says: “The State of Israel has learned nothing. Dream, on dream, on dream ”

PCR test stations at Ben Gurion Airport. Photo by Uzi Bachar

Esther Admon, Chairman of the Histadrut of Public Laboratories, breaks the silence, after about six months, in the context of the corona testing failures at Ben Gurion Airport, “The State of Israel has learned nothing! Dreamed, upon dreamed, upon dreamed ”:

“Dream 1: The State of Israel disposes of more than 2 million corona test kits from the best companies in the world in the field, from Korea, the USA and Europe, and instead prefers to use the Chinese kit in Ben Gurion Airport’s private laboratories, which is not high quality and unreliable.
The price of the kits in the state’s possession is over NIS 30 million. They have expiration dates, and these days an order has been given to get rid of them.
Dream 2. The private laboratories at Ben Gurion Airport are unable to detect the corona virus in the early stages of infection, when there is a low kale of viruses. They do not have the high-quality laboratory equipment available at Sheba and other hospitals. They are unable to identify new variants. The rage in our labs over this chaos is immense. We do not understand how the mistakes of the past year are repeated again and again.

Dream 3. In Israel, hospitals and health funds have a system of 42 computer labs, professional with the best equipment in the world, with skilled people and meeting the highest professional standards, but the government prefers to dismantle this system, in favor of establishing a new, private, inexperienced system. How does it happen again that the new government at Ben Gurion Airport prefers to sample corona using private laboratories, which have emerged like mushrooms after the rain in the past year, and which have no place to compare with the hospitals and health funds’ laboratories?
Do Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz know that letters of dismissal are currently being sent to workers at 42 public corona laboratories across the country? what’s happening here?!

I wrote today to the director general of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Hezi Levy, the next things. I also sent my remarks to the Minister, Using Horowitz. Meanwhile, they do not answer. This is what I wrote:

This week I returned to Israel from abroad. I was horrified to find out that I had to wait 4 hours for a corona test at Ben Gurion Airport, due to the pressure on the private laboratory (which is not prepared for ‘picks’ when returning passengers to Israel at certain times, known in advance).

I was saddened to realize once again that the firm does not learn a lesson from the mistakes of the past year and ignores the public labs, the professional manpower, the lab equipment at its disposal, and prefers the private labs. The disappointment is severe, not only because it is a public asset, which you underestimate and ignore, but also because professionally, you are wrong and rely on private labs, whose reliability, experience and professionalism are not equal to those of HMO and hospital labs (and if you disagree on this detail, rather , Come to a quick professional discussion conference regarding the laboratory system in the medical system in Israel. We will be happy to sit down with the professionals in the office and with you for a discussion to examine the professionalism of the laboratories, infrastructure, manpower and future prospects).

The experience of the past year has taught us that there is cause for concern…

There is also great doubt as to whether a private laboratory is able to do what has been done in the laboratory in Sheba and elsewhere: to identify new variants of the virus?

As in the previous government, you exclude us professionals in the public service from the decision-making system. A sage does not repeat the mistakes of the past over and over again. Is not it time to sober up?

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