The machine can test for Covid-19 with samples of throat swabs and blood to provide results within a day
Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) has received the machine for Polymerase Chain Reaction testing, widely known as PCR, on Thursday evening that will be used to identify patients infected with the coronavirus (Covid-19).
Rajshahi 2 MP Fazle Hossain Badsha, who is also the chairman of RMCH’s governing body, told local journalists that testing for Covid-19 would be possible as soon as the Public Works Department finishes installing the machine, which should be within a week, reports BSS.
“This is very beneficial as coronavirus testing kits will be available to tertiary level hospitals,” said Badsha, adding that the PCR machines were provided to six other medical college hospitals across the country.
Badsha mentioned that RMCH will be able to test for Covid-19 with samples of throat swabs and blood and provide results within a day using the machine.
He said the hospital is currently witnessing a rush of patients, but the hospital could not so far test them due to lack of testing facility.
In addition to the PCR machine, the hospital received a fresh supply of 1,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), 1,000 masks, 1000 hand-gloves and plenty of sanitizers for doctors, nurses and other paramedics, he added.
Meanwhile, effective steps have been taken to strengthen the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) aimed at combating the coronavirus outbreak in the region.
RMCH’s Ward 30, which is at present accommodating Intensive Care Unit (ICU), High Dependency Unit (HDU), Burn and Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery, is being prepared for the treatment of infected patients.
RMCH Director Brigadier General Jamilur Rahman said that around 200 patients can be given treatment in the ward simultaneously.
He said there are some additional advantages like 16 ICU and eight HDU beds in the ward which will be very much helpful to cope with any emergency situation.
KMCH to also get PCR machine
Khulna Medical College Hospital will also receive a PCR machine to identify coronavirus infected patient in the district.
Dr ATM Monjur Morshed, director of KMCH, confirmed the matter on Friday, reports our Khulna correspondent.
“The machine will arrive within the next 2-3 days,” said KMCH director.