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RMCH launches coronavirus tests from Wednesday

Published on: 8:31 pm - Sunday | March 29, 2020

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Coronavirus tests are likely to be started at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Wednesday following the arrival of a PCR machine here. Tests on reagents will be conducted on Monday.

A 30-member technical team has been constituted with Professor Sabera Gulnehar, head of the Virology Department. The team also includes head of the laboratory, doctors and nurses. They are receiving training on online.

Besides, the engineers and technicians who are coming from Dhaka to install the PCR machine will provide on-hand training.

According to the engineers who will set up the machine, said it would be possible to conduct six to seven coronavirus tests at the lab every day. It would take 8 to 12 hours on an average to complete each report.

It was disclosed by the RMCH authorities at a press conference held at the hospital’s conference room on Sunday.

RMCH director Jamirul Rahman, deputy director Saiful Ferdous, RMC principal Naushad Ali, head of the Department of Medicine Prof Dr Khalilur Rahman, Dr Azizul Huq Azad, Prof Habibullah Sarker of the Department of Surgery were present.

It was told at the press conference that adequate number of personal protective equipment (PPEs) have been provided to the doctors and nurses at the RMCH. Observation Ward has been created for the treatment of coronavirus patients. A unit has been formed under the supervision of Dr Azizul Huq Azad to look after the ward. The specialist physicians have decided their work plan holding a meeting. Work is going on according to the plan. Patients coming at the emergency and outdoor with the symptoms of fever, sneezing and coughing will be isolated.

Besides, the patients who will come with shortness of breath, fever and sneeze will be shifted to the Ward Numbers 39 and 40. Necessary facilities are being created at the hospital. Burn and Plastic Surgery Ward (No. 30) will be vacated completely by March 31. After the tests, the corona-confirmed patients will be shifted and they will be kept under observation. If any patient’s condition appears serious, he or she will be sent to the ICU. -(Observerbd)

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