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Govt suspends Covid-19 tests at four labs

June 11, 2021 00:00:00

The health authorities have ordered four private laboratories in Dhaka to suspend COVID-19 testing following allegations of fake test reports, reports bdnews24.com.

The labs are CSBF Health Centre on Bijoy Sarani, Stemz Health Care at Bangla Motor, Al-Jami Diagnostic Centre at Purana Paltan and the Mirpur branch of Medinova Medical Services.

Irregularities have been found in coronavirus tests of overseas travellers at the labs, said Dr Farid Hossain Mia, a director at the Directorate General of Health Services or DGHS.

The directorate on Wednesday sent letters to the labs, saying, "Such unethical activities are a threat to public health and they have immensely damaged Bangladesh's image."

The DGHS also issued a set of instructions to private labs conducting tests on people travelling abroad, Dr Farid said on Thursday.

As per the instructions, sample collection at home or outside lab buildings are not allowed for the travellers.

The labs must check the original passport of the patients, not photocopies.

A person cannot be allowed to leave Bangladesh if they have COVID-positive test report within seven days of the travel date.

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