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Antigen testing set to begin from Sat

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:28 AM, 3 December 2020   Updated: 01:27 PM, 3 December 2020

Antigen test; File Photo

Antigen test; File Photo

The antigen testing for coronavirus detection is set to begin two and a half months after the approval of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The program will start next Saturday in 10 districts, confirmed Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Initially, the antigen testing is set to begin from Gaibandha, Munshiganj, Panchagarh, Madaripur, Brahmanbaria, Jashore, Meherpur, Sylhet, Joypurhat and Patuakhali districts.

“30 people, including doctors and medical technologists, have been trained to conduct antigen testing,” said Prof. Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Additional Director General (Planning and Development) of DGHS.

It has been instructed to start these activities from Saturday, she also said, adding, “The districts which do not have RT-PCR test system have been initially selected for the antigen testing. These activities will be expanded to other districts in the near future. With the experience of 10 districts, we will start testing in 10 more districts later. Thus, step by step, antigen testing will be started all over the country.”

Those who have symptoms of coronavirus for five to seven days (fever, cough, beathing difficulties, weakness, loss of taste and smell), will initially be tested, said Prof. Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora.

Only RT-PCR tests have been conducted so far since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Bangladesh in  March. However, experts were insisting on the start of antigen testing to speed up the test. Prior to this, the government approved the antigen testing on 17 September.