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RT PCR lab to be set up at HSIA in a month

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 3 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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RT PCR lab to be set up at HSIA in a month

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The government will set up a RT PCR lab at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) within a month to facilitate the United Arab Emirates-bound passengers amid the Gulf State’s precondition of conducting corona test of passengers six hours before departure.

Two committees were formed to implement the decision at a high level inter-ministerial virtual meeting on Wednesday consisting of the representatives of the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry, health and family welfare ministry, civil aviation and tourism ministry, foreign ministry and home ministry.

The first committee headed by the Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will assess the technical side of the proposals of setting up RT PCR lab of the private organisations and the second committee headed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will verify the evaluation of the technical committee.

“Everything will happen on the basis of the conditions given by the UAE authorities. We will prepare terms of reference and the list of conditions and begin the consequent process including publishing advertisement and asking for proposal within next ten days,” said expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Imran Ahmed.

“And when we will get proposals from private organisations we will provide those to the technical committee. They will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations and then the committee will verify the evaluation of the technical committee and take final decision,” he added.

The committee has decided to set up the RT PCR lab at the parking yard of the airport on a temporary basis as the reports have to be provided within a short period of time.

Expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister expects that it will not take more than a month to inaugurate a RT PCR lab at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

“If I tried to set up the RT PCR lab under the government’s management it would take more time and my workers would suffer more,” the minister said, adding that they will set up more labs in other international airports later.