Covid-19: Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital starts PCR testing

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Kulhudhuffushi, Maldives – Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital (KRH) has started Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for Covid-19.

The hospital revealed that after the current PCR machine in the hospital would be able to process 72 samples per day, which is not the full capacity of the machine.

KRH stated that as only two lab technologists have been trained to do the specific testing after completing a three week training programme at Indhira Gandi Memorial Hospita (IGMH), full capacity would only be reached when remaining staff get the proper training as well.

With this, Maldives now has Covid-19 testing facilities in three different regions of the country including Addu City, which is the southern most region, Male’, central Maldives and Kulhudhuffushi, which is the northern most region of the country.

Increasing the testing capacity of the country may come as good news to many Maldivians as Maldives moves to reopen its borders for tourists on July 15th, which would see tourists entering the country without being tested for the virus, or any prior quarantine.