Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Latest Updates and Information

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Praava Health COVID-19 Screening and Assessment

Use our new self-assessment screening tool or our Facebook Coronabot to self-assess your symptoms and find out more about your risk.

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Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Praava is Here for You: We’re Testing for COVID-19

If you or any of your loved ones think you are infected by the coronavirus and want to get tested, you can either book an appointment for a home sample collection or you can go and give your sample at a sample collection booth. To book a test for a collection booth or home sample collection, you can call 10648, or book online now. (Charges apply.)

Your safety is our top priority and we have taken the following measures to reduce your risk of exposure:

  • Home Sample Collection

    We are collecting nasopharyngeal samples (by nasal swab) and oropharyngeal samples (by oral swab) from home for testing. Patients with suspected COVID-19 will not be entering our facility to provide samples.

  • COVID-19 Testing For Traveling

    We are pleased to let you know that Praava has received government approval for COVID-19 tests for those traveling abroad. If you want to get tested, we are offering sample collection at our Praava Health facility in Banani. The Banani sample collection service is only applicable to travelers. If you want to get tested, please come to Praava to have your samples collected no longer than 72 hours and no less than 48 hours prior to your time of departure. Sample collection will take place between 8am to 4pm, everyday. After your sample has been collected, your test results will be delivered to you via Praava’s mobile app and also by email by 10pm the following day. If your test result is negative and has been done in the last 48-72 hours, you can travel using the report. To get tested you must bring:

    • A hard copy of your passport
    • A hard copy of your ticket
    • For Bangladeshi passport holders, a hard copy of your NID
    • To book a COVID-19 test for traveling purposes, please call 10648.

  • Sample Collection Booths

    Our COVID-19 sample collection booths are located in Dhanmondi at BMCH Shondhani building, Niketon Society, Gate 2 in Gulshan-1, in Chadd Uddan, Mohammadpur, and in Kuril at Prescription Care.

  • Health of Teams

    Our teams doing home sample collection maintain strict clinical protocols including wearing full personal protective equipment and other protective measures. They are also checked daily for symptoms to ensure that they are healthy before they go to your home. Sample collection booths are sprayed with disinfectant after receiving a sample from each patient. The sample collector wears proper PPE and maintains proper hand hygiene using 70% alcohol-based sanitizers after collecting samples of each patient.

  • Separate Teams for COVID-19 Testing

    Additionally, our team that is collecting samples from home and at the collection booths for COVID-19 tests is separate from the team collecting samples for other routine tests. This means that the team that goes to your house for sample collection for regular tests is not regularly exposed to the coronavirus or anyone infected with it.

Talk to a doctor now!

Praava is open from 9am to 10pm, everyday, for laboratory testing and imaging services. Patients are advised to call 10648 between 8am to 10pm and make prior appointments before coming to our center. However, during this time, to reduce spread of the disease, we strongly discourage you from visiting us at our center if possible. Praava’s family doctors can be reached anytime from 9am to 9pm to help you with pressing health matters or assess over the phone whether you are at risk for COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms or have any questions on how to protect you and your family, please call 10648. More information on the hotline is available here.

Videoconsults with Praava Doctors

As part of our ongoing efforts to help contain the spread of COVID-19, we are now offering video visits with Praava doctors, as an alternative to office visits. You should only visit healthcare facilities for an emergency or if a doctor recommends you need to see a healthcare professional in person.

Praava has launched its own personalized video consultancy platform where you can connect with your doctors easily. To schedule, visit our website or call 10648 to book your consultation. if you need any assistance, please call 10648 during the hours of 8am and 10pm, everyday

What to do if You Need to Get Tested

If you are feeling unwell and have one or more of the below symptoms, first seek advice from your doctor via telemedicine and follow her/his recommendation before going to a healthcare facility:

  • Fever over 100 degree
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Respiratory distress
  • Came in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • History of travel to or residence in a country or location reporting community transmission of COVID-19 disease during the 14 days prior to symptom onset
  • Came in close contact with someone who returned from abroad in the last 14 days prior to symptom onset

If your doctor recommends you to get tested for COVID-19, don’t panic and do the following:

  • Call Praava hotline 10648, send a message to our Facebook Messenger or book online for a testing appointment. We can only handle a limited capacity of tests per day, so book your slot soon. (Charges apply.)
  • You may also contact the government lab IEDCR at 01937110011, 01937000011, 01927711784, 01927711785, 01944333222, 01550064901, 01550064902, 01550064903, 01550064904, 01550064905.

If your doctor instructs you to seek immediate medical attention, please contact the government-approved hospitals for suspected coronavirus Patients listed below:

  • Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital
  • Kurmitola General Hospital
  • National Chest Infectious Diseases Hospital
  • Dhaka Medical College Hospital
  • Bangladesh Railway Hospital
  • Mohanagar General Hospital
  • Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute & Hospital
  • Sajida Foundation Hospital
  • Mirpur Maternity Hospital
  • Jinjira Specialized Hospital
  • Amin Bazar Hospital
  • Kamrangirchar Hospital
  • Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute
  • Mugda General Hospital
  • Shaheed Shuhrawardy Medical College Hospital
  • Lab Aid
  • Square
  • Evercare
  • Ibn Sina
  • Impulse Hospital

Praava Resources

Home Sample Collection Across Dhaka City

For any laboratory testing, Praava’s mobile phlebotomists can do home sample collection. Our teams doing home sample collection maintain strict clinical protocols including wearing full personal protective equipment and other protective measures. Additionally, our team that is collecting home samples for COVID-19 tests is separate from the team collecting samples for other routine tests. This means that the team that goes to your house for sample collection for regular tests is not regularly exposed to the coronavirus or anyone infected with it.

Online Ordering and Delivery from Pharmacy

You can now order all your necessary medicine directly from Praava’s Pharmacy. Medicines will be delivered to your doorstep in any part of Dhaka excluding lockdown areas. To order, message us on our Whatsapp number +8801847278019 any day between 10am and 6pm, and your medicine will be delivered to you within 48 hours.

Praava Health Attendant Policy for Visits to the Center

If you do have to come to Praava Health for any healthcare needs during this time, we are encouraging you to bring only one attendant with you to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. We understand that exceptions may need to be made and so we have created an attendant policy to ensure your safety and physical and mental well-being. The full policy is available here.

Know Your Facts

It’s been hard to keep up with the rapidly changing information about COVID-19 and it has become difficult to know what’s true and what’s not. There is a lot of misinformation regarding COVID-19 circulating on the internet. The increasing numbers of confirmed cases can also be overwhelming. See below in order to help you access the right information and stay updated:

  • COVID-19 Tips, Myth, and Fact bites
  • We have debunked some of the most common myths about the coronavirus

  • COVID-19 Talks
  • Our doctors listen to you. If you cannot find answers to your specific questions on our website, you can leave your comments on our Facebook page. Our doctors will answer any questions you may have regarding COVID-19 during their live videos


To ensure that you have access to all the right information regarding COVID-19, we have created a COVID-19 FAQs page for you to get answers to any questions or confusion you may have regarding the coronavirus and it’s outbreak.

Visit Praava Blog to Know More about COVID-19 & Stay Safe

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Other National and International Resources

The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and have excellent websites with the latest information. Below are additional helpful links: