The system currently in place to ensure that people are being tested needs to be made much more efficient and streamlined
There is no way to overstate just how important testing is in the fight against the coronavirus, as it provides a clear picture of the situation in a country and allows us to take actions accordingly to limit the spread.
However, the testing situation in Bangladesh is a far cry from being ideal, with millions of people suffering from delays, shortages, and an overall lack of proper management.
Some of the steps taken by the government are definitely commendable. However, if these steps are not taken further and implemented properly, then people will continue to suffer without abatement.
For example, the Directorate General of Health Services hotline phone numbers remain too busy, with instances of people being put on hold for hours with no recourse.
In addition, even if someone manages to get through, people are told that sample collection will require multiple days, with additional days before results are found. One hospital was even found to hang up the phone the moment they heard about testing.
The situation is further exacerbated when one adds wrong results and a lack of testing equipment in the mix, thereby creating an environment of utter chaos, confusion, and hazard for the Bangladeshi people.
The system currently in place to ensure that people are being tested needs to be made much more efficient and streamlined, and that can only come about when governmental policy reflects the priority of testing.
While we understand that it is currently difficult to obtain the proper equipment at this time because of the crisis, there is still no excuse for the confusion and doubt created amongst citizens.
We need a better system in place which, no matter the situation, is transparent with the people, and provides them with the advice and knowledge required to stay informed, while also prioritizing the need for testing at all costs.