After the court hearing held on 27- 28 July, 2021 the Guwahati High Court has ordered the government of Mizoram to take immediate measures required for setting up RT- PCR lab in Lunglei. The High Court also rejected the state government’s claim that districts in the south of Mizoram do not need RT- PCR lab. The government has been ordered to set up a special committee for the purpose. According to the High Court judgement, “In view of the reasons presented, we deem it appropriate to direct the Secretary to the Government of Mizoram, Health Department to constitute a committee consisting of not less than 4 members, one of which should be the President, Young Mizo Association, Sub Headquarters, Lunglei and the other should be Chief Organizer, Lunglei Thalai Pawl within one week from today.”
Last year, former minister Zodintluanga had donated the RT- PCR machine to Lunglei Civil Hospital to cater to the medical meeds of four districts in the south of Mizoram. The government refused to give clearance for the installation on the grounds that the guidelines laid down by the ICMR have not been met.
On 12 June, 2021 RT- PCR for Chhimbial filed a PIL to the Guwahati High Court after a controversial exchange with the state government and concerned medical officials who were against setting up RT- PCR lab in Lunglei. It was the year-long controversy which led to the formation of a group called RT- PCR for Chhimbial, a community funded group, who finally filed the PIL in June, 2021 in the name of the group secretary Mr. LH Zarzoliana. The group was represented in court by their legal adviser Mr JC Lalnunsanga. The High Court felt that the RT-PCR lab was necessary to deal with the constant spike in Covid-19 cases in the state. Currently, Mizoram has one RT- PCR lab installed in Zoram Medical College and the majority of the tests are conducted with Rapid Antigen Test (RAgT).