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CMSD: No Covid-19 testing kit crunch now

  • Published at 01:43 pm April 3rd, 2021
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As many as 100,000 kits is likely to arrive in the country within this week

The Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD), under the Directorate General of Health Services, has said that there is no shortage of Covid-19 testing kits at the moment.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune on Saturday, CMSD Director Abu Hena Morshed Zaman offered the assurance and said: "Currently, we have 376,779 testing kits in stock, and the import of 100,000 PCR-based kits is underway.

"The kits in stock would last 25 days."

The CMSD director also said he was hopeful the 100,000 kits will arrive in the country within this week.

The country faced a shortage of testing kits last year when the pandemic broke out with a continuous surge in infections and deaths.

Throughout March this year, Bangladesh has witnessed another upsurge of cases and fatalities, forcing the health authorities to speed up efforts to increase the number of tests. 

On April 2, a total of 30,293 people sent samples for testing and 226 public and private labs across the country tested 29,339 samples.

The health authorities have so far tested 4,728,113 samples since the pandemic made landfall in the country in March last year.

However, just two weeks ago, the number of daily tests was below the 20,000 mark.

As many as 12,000-14,000 testing kits are being used now while the number was 6,000 to 7,000 until mid-March.

CMSD Director Abu Hena said the government was taking an initiative to procure 400,000 more testing kits.

"As we have already broken the syndicate, we will face no crisis of kits," he added.

On Friday, Bangladesh saw the highest number of people (6,830) testing positive for Covid-19 in a single day, taking the total number of cases to 624,594.

Besides, the country reported 50 deaths between 8am Thursday and 8am Friaday, taking the tally of fatalities to 9,155.