BRAC to install 600 COVID-19 test kiosks in Bangladesh

BRAC is planning to install at least 600 walk-in COVID-19 testing kiosks across Bangladesh to help speed up the process of sample collection.

Published : 7 May 2020, 12:17 PM
Updated : 7 May 2020, 12:17 PM

The kiosks will take only five minutes to collect a sample from a person with COVID-19 symptoms, which will then sent to a government-authorised laboratory for testing.

The initiative, supported by the UK-based Department for International Development, will be operated under the supervision of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Initially, about 100 walk-in testing kiosks will be installed across 19 areas marked as coronavirus hotspots, including Dhaka and Narayanganj.

“Of them, 45 booths will be installed in Dhaka. We have received the approval of the two mayors of Dhaka and the process of selecting the installation points is now underway,” Morseda Chowdhury, associate director of BRAC’s Health, Nutrition and Population Programme, told

Several booths have already been set up at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital, and Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital in Dhaka and Narayanganj.

“We have initially identified the areas that have been affected the most such as Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur, Chattogram and Mymensingh. We will gradually place more booths depending on the spread of the novel coronavirus,” Morseda said.

BRAC is also training medical technologists across the country to collect swab samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms.

Bangladesh is currently conducting more than 6,000 tests a day but the target is increase the number to 10,000. BRAC is providing support to the government in collecting samples, according to DGHS Additional Director General Nasima Sultana.