Long delay in corona testing worries people

Mohammad Al Amin

17th June, 2020 10:01:58 printer

Long delay in corona testing worries people

A long delay in coronavirus testing and report delivery has created great trouble and mental agonies for the people seeking treatment facilities in the country.

Many alleged that they are not getting corona testing reports quickly though the authorities concerned have reportedly expanded facilities for Covid-19 testing.

“I gave my sample six days ago for corona testing, but didn’t get the report yet,” said Afzal Hossain, a resident of Uttara area of the capital.

Talking to the daily sun, some people said they gave necessary samples to sample collection booths at different places in the capital, but got reports after a long delay of a week.

Sometimes, Covid-19 patients are also getting negative results of their test, around a week later after the reports which is keeping the patients in serious mental crisis even after making recovery.

“In few cases, coroanvirus test reports are being late to deliver. Delivering the test reports may take a few days due to the process of collecting samples, testing and then delivery of the reports,” Md Habibur Rahman, director of the Management Information System at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the daily sun.

He also said the government is planning to introduce rapid testing system for cornavirus testing in a bid to provide immediate reports of the virus infection test.

“If a decision is finalized, the rapid test for coronavirus may be started within 10 days,” the DGHS official said.

Admitting that some backlog in delivering Covid-19 test reports have been created due to the total process, Habibur Rahman said a delay in testing coronavirus do not interrupt the treatment process of Covid-19 patients, but they remain mentally tensed before getting their test reports.

Health experts said a delay in corona-testing report delivery pushes people into mental crisis as they remain worried before getting the test reports thinking weather they are positive or negative for Covid-19.

They also emphasised on increasing the coronavirus testing facilities 'immediately' across the country to ensure that the spread of the extremely pandemic disease can be contained by isolating infected people from others.

“The government should immediately set up quality laboratory and upgrade total report delivery system to ensure quick delivery of coronavirus testing reports,” Saif Ullah Munshi, chairman of Virology Department at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), told the daily sun.

 “We have suggested increasing coronavirus testing facilities across the country in a bid to isolate Covid-19 patients and the government is also working to that end,” Dr Nazrul Islam, a member of the national advisory committee and a former vice-chancellor at the BSMMU, told this correspondent.

Nazrul Islam, also a top virologist of the country, further said they also have suggested starting rapid testing facilities like rapid antigen tests and nucleic acid tests across the country immediately.

Health experts have advised the government to appoint an adequate number of manpower, including medical technologists, to deliver the coronavirus test reports rapidly.

Addressing a regular health bulletin of the DGHS, its Additional Director General (administration) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana on Wednesday said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Bangladesh has reached 98,489 after testing 5,51,244 samples.

She said a total of 18,922 samples were collected and 17,527 tested in 59 labs across the country on Wednesday while 4,008 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and 43 have died in 24 hours.