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icddr,b diagnostic centre begins Covid-19 testing

  • Published at 12:21 pm June 24th, 2020
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File photo of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) in Dhaka Courtesy

Online application for the test will be live from 6pm on Wednesday and ready for registration

Starting from June 26, 2020, icddr,b’s globally recognized diagnostic centre at Mohakhali, Dhaka will offer SARS CoV-2 test to patients suspected of having Covid-19.

Initially, the patient will be required to book an appointment through online registration by visiting http://covid19test.icddrb.org and making a payment via debit/credit card or online/mobile banking system, a press release said on Wednesday. 

The web application will be live from 6:00pm on Wednesday and ready for registration. The test will cost Tk3, 500 per test, which is all inclusive. 

The test entails swab sample collection from the deep throat and nose of the individual. Samples will be collected daily from 7:00am to 12:00pm while reports will be provided within the next 24 to 48 hours. 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Dinesh Mondal, acting director, Laboratory Sciences and Services

Division at icddr,b said: “Our patients’ and staff’s safety is our priority and accordingly we have renovated our diagnostic centre to cater for Covid-19 patients.

“While, initially we are offering the test through online registration only, but eventually we will make it more accessible to all walks of life. Our highly skilled, dedicated scientists and clinicians, along with state of the art laboratories will now be able to serve patients with high quality diagnosis which they have always been relied on.”

Only the patient and one accompanying attendant will be allowed inside the testing facility. They must wear face mask and properly adhere to the government’s health and hygiene guidelines, the release added.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh has given approval to icddr,b’s Diagnostic Centre to undertake RT-PCR based Covid-19 test.

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