The organization is also collaborating with CHRF to research variants of the coronavirus
Private healthcare platform Praava Health has processed over 100,000 Covid-19 tests, so far, to help the fight against the pandemic in the country.
As soon as Praava test reports are generated, patients are informed through SMS and email on how to reach out for questions or support.
The presence of new variants may make it difficult to detect the presence of the coronavirus. Praava Health’s process includes multiple target regions that are robust enough to detect circulating variants.
In addition, Praava is collaborating with the Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF) to determine which variants are prevalent in Covid-19 samples. Data from Praava is submitted to GISAID, the global, open-access repository of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences.
As there is a lot of discussion regarding the accuracy of Covid-19 testing, and due to lack of trust in healthcare as a whole in Bangladesh, it can be easy to assume the worst.
Dr Zaheed Husain, senior laboratory director at Praava, said: “Whether or not a person will get a false negative or false positive result depends on many factors.
“For example, if someone is tested too soon, his or her body may not have enough of the virus yet, which could cause a negative result one day, and a positive result the next. It is also possible to test positive one day and negative the next day — this does not necessarily mean the first test was a false positive; it might mean that the virus has passed through your body already.”
He further said that test results must be guided by a doctor’s judgment to evaluate the context of symptoms and contact history.
Any Patient who believes any report might be in error should immediately contact the lab where the test was done, he added.