The much-awaited RT-PCR labs to conduct Covid-19 tests for the departing passengers will go into full-scale operation at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday.
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman announced this after launching the RT-PCR labs on experimental basis at the airport on Saturday.
The United Arab Emirates has imposed a condition that the passengers travelling to the UAE will have to conduct Covid-19 test at the airport 48 hours or 6-hours before departing the country, said the CAAB Chairman.
“We have taken an initiative to launch the RT-PCR lab inside the airport with coordination of the Overseas and Expatriate Welfare, Health and Foreign Ministries and the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) conducted a test operation today,” he said.
“If the test-run goes successfully, then we will inform the airlines authorities and for this we need 48 hours and we hope those will start full-scale operation from September 28,” he added.
There will be 12 machines installed at the 6 labs at the airport. At least 3-4.5 thousand people will be able to test at these labs every day.
Rapid PCR Lab for fast testing-results and RT-PCR Lab for general testing will also be used at the labs, said Health and Family planning Minister Zahid Maleque while visiting the airport on Tuesday.
The directive came from a cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
He said the PCR booths will be set up at Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet international airports.