The test for detection of coronavirus infection of suspected patients began on Tuesday at the COVID-19 Molecular Laboratory installed at the Department of Microbiology of Khulna Medical College and Hospital (KMCH) in the city.
“After getting samples of 7 suspected patients from Khulna division, we begun testing this afternoon” Head of the Department of Microbiology at KMCH Dr. Shahnaj Parvin said.“If the testing process of collected samples like throat swabs, blood, sweat and cough from suspected patients and machineries run smoothly, we can get the results within the next 3 to four hours,” she said.
She added that the COVID-19 Laboratory at KMCH has a capacity to test samples of 94 suspected patients at a time.
Talking to BSS, Principal of KMCH Professor Dr. Abdul Ahad said, “We prepared the COVID-19 Molecular Laboratory by installing the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine on Friday after getting it from IEDCR a few days ago.”
Later, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) sent necessary kits, 96 well plates and other inputs to successfully conduct experimental testing of COVID-19 infection at the laboratory yesterday, he said.
“Earlier, experts and specialists of the IEDCR provided training to the physicians, technologists and technicians concerned before going to testing of COVID-19 infection officially at the Molecular laboratory,” Professor Ahad added.
Civil Surgeon of Khulna Dr. Sujat Ahmed said trained technologists are collecting samples under supervision of the Civil Surgeons and Surveillance Immunization Medical Officers (SIMO) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the district levels.“Later, the collected samples are being sent to the COVID-19 Laboratory at KMCH for being tested using the PCR machine following the international standard and guidance of the IEDCR to get accurate results,” he said.