Only 516 people are remaining in home and institutional quarantine today with release of more 105 people during the last 24 hours as the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation still remains stable in Rangpur division.
Health officials said a total of 3,458 people were so far put on home or institutional quarantine and of them, 2,942 released after expiry of their 14-day quarantine period without any symptoms of COVID-19 infection till Sunday.Besides, 10 persons were put in the isolation units of different hospitals and six of them released in the division.
“Sixty people have been put on home or institutional quarantine in the last 24 hours and 98 others released during the period in the division,” said Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui.
Besides, five people were tested COVID-19 positive so far in Gaibandha district and they were admitted for treatments at the isolation unit of the local hospital.
Head of Department of Microbiology of Rangpur Medical College (RMC) and Superintendent of its COVID-19 Laboratory Associate Professor Dr. Mostakimur Rahman said no sample will be tested today at the laboratory.
“We have received only samples of two COVID-19 suspected people yesterday (Saturday) and will get more samples today to resume testing at the COVID-19 Laboratory of RMC tomorrow (Monday,” he said.
Earlier, samples of 42 suspected COVID-19 patients of Rangpur division were tested in the laboratory on Friday successfully and the results were sent to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on Friday.Focal Point of the COVID-19 Laboratory and Lecturer (Virology) of the Department of Microbiology at RMC Dr. MA Aziz said that there are full facilities for testing of the collected samples of suspected COVID-19 patients at the laboratory.
“We have a capacity of testing samples of maximum 94 suspected patients simultaneously once a day using 94 well plates and keeping two well plates for displaying results of COVID-19 positive or COVID-19 negative,” Dr. Aziz added.
Talking to BSS, Rangpur Divisional Director (Health) Dr. Md. Amin Ahmed Khan said the samples are being collected by the trained technologists from the district, upazila and union levels of the division.
The Civil Surgeons, Superintendents of District Sadar Hospitals and Surveillance Immunization Medical Officers (SIMO) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) are supervising the sample collection process at the field levels.
“Later, the collected samples are being sent to the COVID-19 Laboratory at RMC for testing using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine by the trained physicians, technicians and technologists,” Dr. Khan added.