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Praava runs corona safety campaign

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19 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Praava runs corona safety campaign

Tech-enabled medical service provider Praava Health has been working to ensure ‘highest international standard’ in service when the country braves a public health crisis amid corona pandemic.

Praava Health founded on the belief that Bangladeshis deserve world class quality healthcare services, grounded in dignity and care, and empathy, said a news release.

There is a lot of discussion regarding the accuracy of corona virus testing, and due to lack of trust in healthcare as a whole in Bangladesh, it can be easy to assume the worst.

Like any diagnostic test, even at the best labs in the world, there is a chance that someone will have the virus but will test negative (false negative), or does not have the virus and will test positive (false positive).

“Whether or not a person will get a false negative or false positive result depends on many factors,” said Dr Zaheed Husain, senior laboratory director at Praava.

“For example, if someone is tested too soon, his or her body may not have enough of the virus yet, which could cause a negative result one day, and a positive result the next. It is also possible to test positive one day and negative the next day — this does not necessarily mean the first test was a false positive; it might mean that the virus has passed through your body already,” he said.

Test results must be guided by a doctor’s judgment to evaluate the context of symptoms and contact history. Any Patient who believes any report might be in error should immediately contact the lab where the test was done.

As soon as Praava test reports are generated, Patients are informed through SMS and email how to reach out for questions or support.

The presence of new variants may make it difficult to detect the presence of the virus. Praava Health’s process includes multiple target regions that are robust enough to detect circulating variants.

Praava’s chief medical officer Dr Simeen Majid Akhtar said there are no words to console anyone during or statistics is of value or meaning during the global pandemic.

“All across the globe, there is so much loss and suffering - we can only reiterate that as a healthcare provider, we will continue to be as honest and transparent as possible to gain the trust of our Patients and be by their side,” she said.

Additionally, Praava is collaborating with a research foundation, CHRF, to determine which variants are captured in our COVID samples. Data from Praava is contributing to GISAID, a global, open-access repository of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences.