Covid tests begin at HSIA26 September 2021
News Desk :
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has initiated Covid-19 tests at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka on Saturday evening by installing a testing lab.
However, testing activities ran on a trial basis with testing samples of some 100 aviation staff to measure the performance of the operators.
Six organizations, including Stemz Health Care (BD) Ltd, CSBF Health Centre, AMZ Hospital, Anwar Khan Modern Medical College and Hospital, Gulshan Clinic Limited and DMFR Molecular Lab & Diagnostics will serve passengers as they have already installed RT-PCR machines in the lab."The Covid testing lab is functional from today (Saturday). Now the airlines will make schedules for their passengers in coordination with the lab operators," said Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
She was briefing reporters at the airport on Friday.
Nasima Sultana also said: "The test is compulsory for passengers before they board aircraft. Passengers will complete registration at first, then give a sample for Covid test and collect the result within an hour."
Passengers are likely to pay a minimum of Tk1,700 for testing at the airport, officials said.