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Operation of PCR labs at HSIA yet to begin

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Operation of PCR labs at HSIA yet to begin

The six RT-PCR labs set up at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) are yet to begin conducting corona tests for outbound passengers as the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has not received the approval on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) yet from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“The labs were set up at the airport last Sunday. On the same day, we also received reports and sent those to the UAE. We are yet to get their approval but we have been trying,” State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali has said.

Asked when the UAE’s approval would come, the state minister said, “It is the decision of the UAE government. We have cancelled a special flight so that they approve our SOPs soon.”

“We are pursuing on behalf of the government. I hope it will be resolved soon,” he added.

Earlier, CAAB had sent SOPs of six companies to the UAE. CAAB Chairman Air Vice-Marshal M Mafidur Rahman was expecting to start the coronavirus test at HSIA on Tuesday following the approval from the Gulf state.

CAAB chairman on Tuesday has said the UAE authorities are taking time for some technical reasons but the Bangladesh side is creating pressure so that they approve the SOPs as early as possible.

“Why six institutions, Emirates raised that question. If we could conduct tests through a single company it would make the process easier for them. Each of the six organizations has different types of machines. The technical side of it is very important,” he said.