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icddr,b opens sample collection centre of its Diagnostic Laboratories at Uttara

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 03 February 2022: Today, icddr,b Diagnostic Laboratories, the first ISO15189 (Quality) and ISO15190 (Safety) accredited laboratory in Bangladesh, launched its sample collection centre at Uttara, Dhaka. 
icddr,b’s Executive Director Dr Tahmeed Ahmed, and Acting Senior Director of the Laboratory Sciences and Services Division Dr Dinesh Mondal have inaugurated the sample collection centre located at SH Properties, House 35, 3rd Floor, Gausul Azam Avenue, Sector 14, Uttara, Dhaka 1230.  
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Tahmeed Ahmed emphasised the importance of quality and accessibility of laboratory tests for effective disease detection and treatment. He said, “icddr,b is committed to help strengthening the healthcare services of Bangladesh with its internationally accepted laboratory tests, which is the cornerstone of effective disease control and prevention efforts.”
In his remark, Dr Dinesh Mondal expressed his optimism about the centre and said, “This sample collection centre will benefit not only the residents of Uttara but also those living in nearby areas including Tongi and Gazipur in receiving icddr,b’s reliable laboratory testing service, and help in disease detection.”
The funds generated from icddr,b’s diagnostic service supports the free of cost treatment of more than 200,000 patients annually at icddr,b’s two hospitals, located in Dhaka and Matlab, Chandpur.
The Uttara sample collection centre will begin its operation on Friday, 04 February 2022, and will operate from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm every day throughout the year. However, individuals willing to test for COVID-19 will have to visit its Mohakhali Centre.