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Dr Jafrullah Chowdhury Tests Covid-19 Positive


Dr Jafrullah Chowdhury, a renowned public health activist and founder of the famous Gono Shastho Kendro, has confirmed infected by the  COVID-19 virus thatthat has killed more than 500 people in Bangladesh.

“I have currently isolated myself in a room at my Dhanmondi residence after my saliva was tested positive,”  Dr Jafrullah Chowdhury told Sarabangla, an online news portal.

However, he claimed that the RT-PCR test is not necessary and has not availed it.

Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is a laboratory technique, which combines reverse transcription of RNA into DNA and amplification of specific DNA targets using polymerase chain reaction.

Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder, Dr. Jafrullah had a high fever on Sunday evening and decided to get tested for Covid-19.

He was tested with the GR Covid-19 Dot Blot, a rapid testing kits recently invented by the Kendra.

Meanwhile, at the government’s request, the clinical trial of the public health kit his organisation developed  has been postponed, the report added.

About their kits not being approved by the government, he said, the test was done in the lab as a part of an internal test.

Though the government has barred the blot tests from running clinical trials, internal tests can be continued.

Gonosasthaya Kendra was scheduled to begin a clinical trial on Tuesday, according to the press release sent to various media houses.

“Our statement reads that GV Covid-19 rapid blot kit, approved by Public Health Center Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) as part of the clinical trial for internal validation of COVID-19 on May 26 from 10 am to 12 noon. Samples will be collected from 50 patients who have symptoms,” said Dr Muhib Ullah Khandarkar.

When asked whether he will go for Covid-19 testing in state-run testing facilities, he resented the idea and added that his physical condition will further deteriorate from the travel.

Coronavirus has affected around 36,751 people, of which 522 patients have died in Bangladesh.

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