Chattogram labs take long time to deliver COVID-19 results

Ferdous Ara | Published: 01:40, Jul 03,2020


The dedicated laboratories were even taking more than three weeks to deliver COVID-19 test report causing severe difficulties in the port city while the number of COVID-19 patients was increasing day by day.

As per the statistics of Chattogram civil surgeon office, so far 9,123 people were detected with COVID-19 and 184 died in the port city.

The number of COVID-19 patients and the number of death both had been increasing.

Earlier on March 25, the test of COVID-19 started in the port city at the laboratory of Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases and the 1st patient was detected on April 3.

Sometimes due to lack of test kits, the number of test dropped below half in Chattogram which happened for two days in a row last week, at the end of March and in the middle of April. Kits were later sent from Dhaka.

Abdul Moanf, a resident of Chandgaon area, did not get his test report though he had gone for sample submission on June 8. He had symptoms and now he has recovered completely.

After Monaf, his wife and two children had COVID-19 symptoms but he did not go for test.

On June 21, a Philippino, Ruyel Esterel Katan, an official of Saif Power Tech, Chattogram died while he was undergoing treatment at Chattogram Medical College Hospital.

On June 3, Ruyel gave swab samples for coronavirus test but did not get the report.

Campaign against Anti-corruption, Sacheton Nagorik Committee SANAK Chattogram president Akhter Kabir said that some were getting report in a day by their power and some were dying before getting their test reports on time.

He said that it’s nothing but a heinous crime, a farce, against the common people.

On July 1, a constable, AFM Jahed, 41, of traffic department (north) of Chattogram Metropolitan Police died with COVID-19 symptoms while undergoing treatment at Chattogram General Hospital.

CMP additional deputy commissioner (public relation) Mohammad Abu Bakar Siddique said that Jahed gave sample on June 25 for COVID-19 test but did not get the report.

He said that nearly 500 members of CMP had not get their COVID-19 test reports though 17-18 days passed, causing severe trouble in running the normal activities of CMP.

ADC Bakar said that on April 12, the 1st COVID positive member was detected in CMP but in the meantime the number crossed 700.

He said that they had been collecting the samples of COVID-19 test at the booth of Police Hospital Chattogram. After collecting samples the lab send the sample to the testing laboratories but most of the time it takes three weeks or more to get the report.

RAB-7 chief Lieutenant Colonel Md Moshiur Rahman said that a total 58 RAB members’ reports are still pending for almost two weeks.

At present they are in home quarantine. So far 88 members of RAB were detected with COVID-19 positive in Chattogram, he said.

Civil Surgeon Chatotgram Sheikh Fazle Rabbi said that the samples collection percentage was very high than the sample test percentage.

At present, seven laboratories had been conducting COVID tests in Chattogram. Each day, nearly 1200-1500 samples were collected in the seven laboratories of Chattogram, but they could test only 750-800. As a result backlog of samples has been growing.

BITID lab chief Shakeel Ahmed said that their machine capacity was to test 200 samples but they were doing more than 250.

Nagorik Andolon to save public health campaign Chattogram chapter convener Mahfuzur Rahman said that recently the member of parliament of Noakhali Ekramul Karim Chowdhury said that there were 10 lakh kits so, why the residents of Chattogram would suffer for kit shortage or delayed test report.

He said that due to syndicate the kit crisis occurred. The government should take tough action against the perpetrators. It should set up more laboratories to raise the number of COVID-19 tests.

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