JU sets up Covid-19 testing lab

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SAVAR, May 10, 2020 (BSS) -The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
department of Jahangirnagar University has installed a lab for testing
samples of suspected Covid-19 patients.

Principle investigator of the lab and Professor of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology Department Dr. Sohel Ahmed said this to BSS today.

He said, “Our lab is fully ready to render Molecular Diagnostic services
for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. The lab is capable of testing around 80-00
suspected Covid-19 samples every day.”

“We have organized our lab facilities in three physically separate
rooms/places equipped with necessary instruments and resources. We will not
collect samples, rather only conduct tests of the samples provided by IEDCR”,
he added.

“The laboratory can start coronavirus testing by using rRTqPCR or
Serological techniques, if permission as well as all necessary supports are
given by IEDCR/DGHS. We will apply to the authorities for getting approval
through proper channel,” said Dr. Sohel Ahmed.