They have 240 kits and around 500 PPEs (personal protective equipment) in the lab
Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Thursday started testing samples of people with coronavirus symptoms at the laboratory of microbiology department.
A 10-member taskforce headed by Dr Nurunnabi Laizu, principal, RMCH, started the testing after collecting samples from 42 suspected coronavirus patients from across the division, confirmed Dr Mostanur Rahman, head of microbiology department.
Dr Mostanur said they will test samples of the patients admitted to the hospital with cough, fever and breathing complications, reports UNB.
Besides, they will test samples collected by the medical teams from patients staying at home.
They have 240 kits and around 500 PPEs (personal protective equipment) in the lab, he said adding that five doctors and two trained medical technologists are conducting the test.
It would be possible to test 90 to 96 samples everyday day and will get results within 4 to 6 hours to get the reports, he added.
Earlier on Thursday, Md Habibur Rahman, director of management information system at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said at least 1,000 samples collected from people with coronavirus symptoms will be tested across the country before Friday.