Binh Dinh hospital meets requirements to conduct primary SARS-CoV-2 testing hinh anh 1Health workers collect samples from small traders in Hanoi's Long Bien Market for rapid tests (Photo: VNA)

Binh Dinh (VNA) - The Binh Dinh Provincial General Hospital has been verified by the Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang as being qualified to administer primary testing for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, according to the south central province’s Department of Health.

Samples from people suspected of carrying the virus will be sent to the hospital for initial screening, Department Director Le Quang Hung said.

If required, the samples will later be transferred to the Pasteur Institute for confirmatory tests, he added.

The hospital is capable of administering about 270 tests a day.

Its Department of Microbiology has been renovated and provided with necessary medical equipment for SARS-CoV-2 testing, while some 500 test kits were donated to the hospital by the Ho Chi Minh City-based Viet A Corporation.

Binh Dinh expects the newly-qualified coronavirus testing laboratory will help the province cut costs and quickly respond to COVID-19.

As of April 20, a total of 111 laboratories have been qualified to administer diagnostic testing for the virus by using real-time RT-PCR technology across the country.

Of these, 39 have been given the go-ahead to administer confirmatory tests, including 22 central-level healthcare establishments and hospitals, 14 centres for disease control, and three other units outside the health sector. Their maximum capacity is 13,000 samples per day.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided Vietnam with about 10,000 test kits and is considering the provision of 40,000 real-time RT-PCR kits made in Germany. Meanwhile, the Viet A Corporation has distributed more than 70,000 test kits to labs around the country, according to the national steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.

The Ministry of Health has also allocated 40 rapid testing machines and over 30,000 accompanying kits, along with 140,000 biological products produced by Viet A for real-time RT-PCR tests./.