• Tuesday, Oct 04, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Affordable testing kits will be crucial

  • Published at 01:41 pm March 20th, 2020
Coronavirus mehedi
A man gives hand sanitizer to a girl to make her hand germ free Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Now is the time to act to ensure that these testing kits are available to the public as soon as possible

One of the key obstacles in fighting the novel coronavirus is the testing process, which, at its current state, is an arduous process requiring more than 24 hours for the results. 

However, it is greatly encouraging that Gonoshasthya Kendra have been successful in developing a Rapid Blot Test, a low-cost testing kit that can test for the virus in around 15 minutes. 

With a cost price of only Tk250-300, this new development in testing can go a long way towards ensuring that people all across the nation can have access to the test if they develop symptoms, that too at an affordable rate. 

The government has already approved the test; now is the time to act to ensure that these testing kits are available to the public as soon as possible. 

For this to happen, we cannot allow typical governmental bureaucracy and red tape to hinder the process. For example, the kit requires a particular chemical reagent to be imported from the UK -- we expect the government to do everything in its power so that this is done as soon as possible, without unnecessary delays in the midst. 

Prof Dr Bijon Kumar Sil -- who has had previous experience with developing testing kits for the SARS virus in 2003 -- and has his team have done a terrific job in inventing this new kit for the coronavirus, and it is our duty as a nation to catalyze the process by which the people of this country will have immediate access to tests and treatment. 

The coronavirus has already killed close to 10,000 people across the world. A successful testing kit is one crucial step among many to keep that number down. 

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail