Testing facilities are instrumental in this battle


The more information we have regarding the extent to which the virus has spread the better

It is encouraging to see that a new testing facility has been opened at the Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Services University.

We have over 4,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in our country and, moving forward, testing facilities will be crucial to ensuring that we have a firm grasp of the situation at hand, and act accordingly.

Experts have continuously touted the need for increasing testing facilities to successfully battling the spread of the virus, and countries such as South Korea and Singapore — which have implemented aggressive testing as part of their strategies — only go to show the importance of such an approach.

Unless and until we start to flatten the curve — whereby we will see the number of cases of the coronavirus ceasing to rise on a daily basis — the more such testing centres we have, the better off we will be, as this will ease the pressure on existing testing centres and, subsequently, on our hospitals.

The more information we have regarding the extent to which the virus has spread the better, providing us with the knowledge to figure out how much more we need of such centres, hospital beds, and ventilators in the future.

This will also inform at which point we can ease lockdown protocols currently in place, which has already had a tremendous impact on our economy, and the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across the country who are currently unable to leave their homes to earn an income and provide for their families.

We hope that such initiatives continue to remain a priority for the government. Our testing capabilities will remain instrumental in coming out of this pandemic with minimum damage.