low cost Covid testing kits
The Bangladesh Council of Science and Industrial Research (BCSIR) has developed an affordable Covid-19 testing kit for the first time in Bangladesh.Professor Md Aftab Ali Sheikh, chairman of BCSIR made this announcement at a press conference at the BCSIR auditorium in the capital on Sunday.Scientists from BCSIR, Dhaka University and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical University jointly contributed to developing the kit named 'BCSIR Civid kit', he added. Also read: Bangladesh reports first zero Covid death after June 29"When it comes to the market, the price of the coronavirus testing kit will be Tk250 which is ten times less than the present cost"."Covid-19 kits currently being used by the government are costly. Now, each corona test costs approximately Tk3,000-3,500. Bangladesh has so far tested 1 crore 46 lakh 43 thousand 945 samples. This large number of identification kits had to be imported entirely, which is having some negative impact on the country's economy," BCSIR said.The Department of Drug Administration has approved the production of the kit. Besides, Bangladesh Medical Research Council has given ethical clearance for the kit.Science and Technology Affairs Minister Yafesh Osman was present at the event. Also read: Children aged 5-11 to get Covid-19 jabs on trial basis on August 11Among others present wete Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Treasurer Professor Dr Mohammad Atiqur Rahman, Dhaka University Professor Rafiqul Hasan and BCSIR Chief Scientist Salim Khan.