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Health Ministry: No unauthorized coronavirus testing kits can be used

  • Published at 09:10 pm April 25th, 2020
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Coronavirus testing is being conducted under government arrangement with approved kits following the instructions of the World Health Organization

Unauthorized kits cannot be used for coronavirus tests, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.

Md Habibur Rahman Khan, additional secretary in the Health Services Division and convener of the media cell formed by the ministry, came up with the information at a briefing while replying to a query from reporters regarding unauthorized kits being available in the market.

“No coronavirus testing kits without the government’s approval will be accepted,” he said, adding that coronavirus testing was being conducted under government arrangement only with approved kits following the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The government is working as per the WHO directives over rapid testing kits, the media cell chief said, reports UNB.

A group of 44 officials of the Health Ministry are monitoring health services in all hospitals of the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus, he said.

The government also plans to recruit another 2,000 doctors and 6,000 nurses, Habibur said, adding that there were two designated vehicles in every district for use in the coronavirus testing process.

Meanwhile, Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, one of the founders of Gonoshasthaya Kendra, on Saturday said the organisation would hand over its coronavirus testing kits to the government for approval on Sunday.

The Kendra on Saturday handed over some testing kits to a representative of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, (BSMMU) for purposes of sampling.

Gonoshasthaya Kendra has developed an “easy, effective and cheap” method to test for Covid-19.

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