Rangpur Medical College Hospital starts coronavirus testing


2nd April, 2020 10:17:59 printer

Rangpur Medical College Hospital starts coronavirus testing

Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Thursday started testing samples of people with coronavirus symptoms at the laboratory of Microbiology Department.

A  10-member taskforce  headed  by Dr  Nurunnabi  Laizu, principal, RMCH, started the testing  collecting samples from seven coronavirus suspects at the hospital, said Dr  Mostanur  Rahman , head of Microbiology  Department.

Dr  Mostanur  said they  will  test  samples  of the  patients admitted to  the  hospital with  cough,  fever and breathing complications.

Besides, they will test samples collected by the medical teams from patients staying at home.

RMCH Principal Dr Laizu said they  received  the  Polymerase  Chain  Reaction  (PCR) testing  for detecting  COVID – 19  and installed at the laboratory of Microbiology  Department.

They have 240  kits  and  around  500  Personal  Protective  Equipment (PPE)  in  the  lab, he said adding that five  doctors and  two  trained medical  technologists are conducting the test.

It would  be  possible  to  test  90–96 samples  per  day and it  will  take  4–6  hours  to  get the reports, he added.

Earlier in the day, Md Habibur Rahman, director of Management Information System at Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said at least 1,000 samples of people with coronavirus symptoms will be tested across the country by Friday.

Two more people tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday in Bangladesh, raising the total number of cases in the country to 56.

The country has so far reported six deaths from coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the global death toll from COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus jumped to 49,160 as of Thursday.

It has so far infected 961,392 people around the world, according to worldometer.