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12:00 AM, March 31, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 31, 2020

Test more suspected coronavirus patients; it’s urgent

We have learned from reports that although IEDCR has been receiving a lot of phone calls on their hotline numbers from suspected coronavirus patients, they are only testing a negligible number of them, which is very unfortunate. Our common sense tells us that if we test less, we will get less patients. So, what is happening is, the IEDCR is not finding many infected patients. There were days when they found no new patients, which seems unbelievable because we are regularly coming across reports in the media that patients with Covid-19 like symptoms have been found all over the country.

So, what we need now is to increase our testing facilities. We need more labs in the capital as well as in the divisional cities so that people do not need to wait for days before they can get tested. If people can get tested at the beginning, it will also make the jobs of the doctors easy, as they will not be afraid to treat patients with common cold, cough and flu like symptoms.

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