The government has taken an initiative to test some 15,000 people for Covid-19 per day. Government has sufficient kits in stock to avail this service.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque disclosed this information while addressing a program at the capital on Thursday.
He also mentioned, “The number of corona sample tests has increased in a great number in last one month. As a result, we can now identify more infected people. The risk of spreading the infection remains low if more infected people will be detected through proper test.”
The minister further said, “We have taken all possible measures to fight against the deadly virus from very beginning of identification of Covid-19. We are including more beds and units for corona in many hospitals. The frontline workers are also being given personal protective equipment’s (PPE).”
Public health experts termed government’s this move as timely decision to halt the spread of Covid-19.
Prominent virologist Nazrul Islam of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) said, “General public have become aware of this virus. Detecting and isolating based on large number of tests in due time would halt further spread of virus. It can be proven as an effective step in the fight to tackle the virus.”
The government’s attempt of testing large number of samples could be fruitful if patients with corona symptoms don’t hide their information. People need to be more aware and come under the purview of the test is they have got corona symptoms, Medicine professor Dr Z M Kabir Chowdhury said.
In addition, standard quality of the tests must be ensured. People must maintain hygiene guidelines as government has taken several initiatives in this regard, he further noted.
Earlier on May 7, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare appointed some 5,054 nurses for several hospitals, dedicated for coronavirus treatment and afterwards on May 12, another 2,000 doctors were appointed as a part of the ongoing battle against corona virus.