0756 GMT October 21, 2020
PCR testing represents the gold standard in diagnosing COVID-19. The addition of the new devices, worth more than $2.8 million, procured through contributions from German Humanitarian Assistance and other international partners, will increase the testing capacity of the country’s laboratory network. The network currently conducts an average of 27 000 PCR tests daily, according to reliefweb.int.
“Increased testing capacity is important for detecting and isolating cases at earlier stages and tracing those in contact with them, which can contribute to early control of transmission and effective treatment of patients,” said Christoph Hamelmann, WHO representative in Iran.
The devices will be distributed to reference laboratories in 24 provinces.
Ventilators are vital instruments in the care of COVID-19 patients in critical care units. Of the 150 ventilators delivered by WHO, at a value of more than $2.7 million, 50 have been funded by the Government of Japan and the other 100 have been procured through contributions from the State of Kuwait and international humanitarian aid agencies. “The machines will contribute to an increased recovery rate for critically ill patients suffering from COVID-19,” Hamelmann noted.
The recent resurgence of COVID-19 in the country has put the national health system under stress.