A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) laboratory established with the financial aid of Bashundhara Group, the country’s leading business conglomerate, has been inaugurated in Rangamati to facilitate corona virus test in the hilly region.
Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority (BEPZA) executive chairman Paban Chowdhury inaugurated the lab at a programme at Rangamati Medical College Hospital building on Thursday morning.Rangamati Deputy Commissioner AKM Mamunur Rashid, Zila Prishad chairman Brish Ketu Chakma, Superintendent of Police Alamgir Kabir were present among others in the event while Civil Surgeon Dr Bipash Khisha presided over it.
Paban Chowdhury, also a bureaucrat entrusted with the task of monitoring the coronavirus pandemic situation in the hilly district, said Bashundhara Group has fulfilled the dream of people in the hilly region by facilitating the specialized laboratory for testing contagion disease.
“The laboratory will not only help people in Rangamati but also patients from Khagrachari and Bandarban will get support from the state-of-the art facilities in the hospital. The government provided skilled physicians to the hospital as the people in the hilly region wouldn’t deprive of basic right to health,” he added.
Dr Mostofa Kamal, the physician of Rangamati corona unit, informed that four staff, including a virologist and three laboratory assistants, were appointed to maintain service.
Earlier on June 26, Bashundhara Group donated Tk 6.9 million to facilitate the establishment of the PCR laboratory to help detect Covid-19, the global respiratory illness caused by Sars-CoV-2.
Paban Chowdhury, also a bureaucrat entrusted with the task of monitoring the coronavirus pandemic situation in the hilly district, handed over a cheque for the amount of money to Rangamati Civil Surgeon Dr Bipash Khisha.Earlier, the business conglomerate in association with the government set up the country’s largest makeshift coronavirus hospital at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan had proposed constructing the hospital.
Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir donated Tk 100 million to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
In addition, the company continues assisting impoverished people with food and providing personal protective equipment for frontline fighters including members of Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Police and other law enforcement agencies.