Praava Introduces COVID Sample Collection Booths Across Dhaka

We understand how the rapidly changing situation during this pandemic is overwhelming for all of us. Praava is here for you.

To serve you better during this challenging time, we have introduced new COVID sample collection booths along with our home sample collection option.

Our COVID sample collection booths are spread across the city so that it is easy for you to access from your neighborhood. Below are the details of our booths:

Booths where you can walk-in and provide samples:

Kuril 
Prescription Care
Address: Ka-62, Kuril Chowrasta, Kuril, Dhaka-1219
Days: Every day
Time: 10am – 5pm

Mirpur  
Address: 2-F, Road 7, Love Road, Mirpur 2, Dhaka
Days: Every day
Time: 10am – 5pm

Mohammadpur
Address: Modina villa-3, Flat no-A1, House-09, Road-1, Char Rasta, Chadd Uddan, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207
Days: Every day 
Time: 10am – 5pm

Uttara
Address: 38 Shahjalal Avenue, Sector 04, Uttara, Dhaka
Days: Every day
Time: 10am – 5pm

You can also book an appointment for your samples to be collected directly from your home. We are now collecting samples for one person per household as well. Currently, for single sample collection, we are now providing a limited time discount of BDT200 and an additional BDT150 discount for new Patients, so the new price is BDT4300. If home sample collection is for more than one person in the same household, you will get a discount of BDT350 per collection and an additional BDT150 discount for new Patients, so the new price is 4150. 

To book a test for a collection booth or home sample collection, you can call 10648, or book online

We are all growing weary of the situation, but please remember that the best way to protect yourself from contracting COVID-19 is to practice social distancing, which means staying home except for essential activities and, when necessary to be in public, deliberately increasing the physical space between you and others to avoid contracting or spreading illness. Additionally, wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; and avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Stay healthy and stay safe. We hope to continue to serve you during this difficult time and want to remind you that at Praava, you are more than a Patient, you are family.

How to Take Care of a COVID-19 Patient at Home

There are many ways to support a COVID-19 positive Patient at home and also keep the rest of the family members safe and healthy. Praava Health’s Senior Family Doctor, Dr. Paramita Karim, shares how to support and take care of a COVID-19 positive Patient at home

According to international guidelines, a Patient, regardless of whether they have symptoms, should be placed in a well-ventilated single room, away from other members in the house to prevent the spread of the virus and be cared for by a family member who is in good health, with no previous health conditions. Caregivers should always wear masks when interacting with the Patient and wash hands with soap after every interaction. The Patient should also wear a mask as much as possible.

It is very important for the Patient to stay isolated. This means eating in separate rooms and not sharing any personal items, including dishes, glasses, bedding, or electronics, such as cell phones.

It is essential for both the COVID-19 positive Patient and family members to monitor their health closely. Pay close attention to changes in temperature and shortness of breath and report any changes to your doctor. If you or anyone in your household have trouble breathing, seek immediate medical attention.

If you or your loved ones want to talk to a doctor, you can book a video consultation with one of Praava’s family doctors. Or if you think you require testing, or if advised by your doctor, we are also doing COVID-19 testing for our Patients and you can book a COVID-19 test online.   

Praava is Here for You: Know the Facts on COVID-19 from our Doctors

Educating ourselves on the correct information regarding COVID-19 is crucial to help fight the illness and spread further transmission and also panic. We know it’s hard for you to get correct information as there is rapidly changing information online. To help you, we have the latest updates for you, debunking some of the most common myths about the coronavirus. 

I am coughing or sneezing. I must have coronavirus.

You can suspect to have coronavirus if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, plus any of the below:

  • Recent travel history abroad
  • Close contact with a person who may have recently returned from abroad
  • Visiting a healthcare facility or lab where coronavirus Patients are being cared for

Any face covering can protect me from COVID-19

According to the US Centers for Disease Control:

  • It is recommended you wear a cloth face covering or homemade mask everytime you go out especially in public settings such as grocery stores or pharmacies 
  • Facemasks are in short supply and they should only be saved and worn by caregivers

My children are at high risk of getting COVID-19

Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.

I can get coronavirus through food

No, there is no such evidence as of yet. Experience with other coronaviruses like SARS and MERS suggests that people do not get infected through food.

Eating chicken or eggs cause Coronavirus

No, there is no such evidence as of yet. The coronavirus is not known to spread directly through poultry products but experts say it can be a good option to have only properly cooked or well-done meat.

Warm weather stops the outbreak of COVID-19

It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19, and investigations are ongoing.

Antibiotics help treat COVID-19

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses like COVID-19. They only work against bacteria. The new coronavirus is a virus and so antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

Pneumonia vaccines protect against COVID-19

This is not true. Vaccines against pneumonia, or any other illness, do not provide protection against COVID-19.

COVID-19 can be transmitted through mosquito bites

To date, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted by mosquitos. 

Eating garlic helps prevent infection with the new coronavirus

Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.

COVID-19 affects older people more than younger people

People of all ages can be infected by the coronavirus. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

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

We know that things have been difficult during this pandemic – and how difficult it has been to get tested for COVID-19. We are very happy to share that we are one of the only private labs that have started COVID-19 testing for our Patients.

If you or any of your loved ones think you are infected by the coronavirus and want to get tested, please call our hotline 10648, send a message to our Facebook Messenger, or book online for a testing appointment. (Charges apply.)

Home sample collection:

We are collecting nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal samples (by nasal and oral swab) from home for testing. Patients with suspected COVID-19 will not be entering our facility to provide samples. Our teams doing COVID home sample collection maintain strict clinical protocols including wearing full personal protective equipment and other protective measures. 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.

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. 

Separate Teams for COVID-19 Testing

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. 

Remember, you can check out our COVID-19 webpage to access all of Praava’s COVID-19 tools and resources.  

Meanwhile, stay indoors and stay safe! 

Thank you for trusting Praava Health. 

Remember, at Praava you are more than just a Patient, you are family.

Praava Health Launches COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool & Website

We at Praava Health are doing everything we can to support you during this global pandemic. We have launched a COVID-19 self assessment tool that can help you to assess whether you may have the virus and identify practical next steps based on your symptoms and personal profile. It hopefully can help clear any doubts or confusion you may have regarding whether or not you may be infected. 

Depending on your results, you will be given information about whether and how to get tested, or how to set up telehealth or video consultations with Praava doctors, which will allow you to talk to a healthcare professional without leaving your house and putting yourself and others at risk. 

Praava Health has also launched a dedicated COVID-19 website to raise awareness about the pandemic, how to protect oneself against the spread of disease, and generally to keep everyone posted on the fast-moving situation in Bangladesh. 

For now, stay indoors and stay safe – for yourself, your family, and our community.

Remember, at Praava you are more than just a Patient, you are family.  

Praava Supports Government COVID Testing with Sample Collection Services

Praava phlebotomists were trained by IEDCR to support the government’s efforts in home sample collection for COVID-19 screenings, and we are proud to be serving Bangladesh by providing home sample collections during the time of this global pandemic. Indeed, the innovation of home sample collection for COVID-19 testing is one that is not even available in many advanced countries across the globe.

If you think you need to be tested, directly contact the government lab IEDCR at 01937000011, 01937110011, 01927711784, 01927711785 or Dhaka Shishu Hospital at 880-2-9128308, (PABX) 9104211 – 9104220, 9117512. Government-approved hospitals for suspected coronavirus patients are Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital (Uttara, Dhaka), Bangladesh Railway General Hospital (Kamlapur, Dhaka), Dhaka Mahanagar General Hospital (Motijheel, Dhaka), Mirpur Maternity Hospital (Mirpur, Dhaka), Kamrangirchar 31 Bed Hospital (Lalbagh, Dhaka), Aminbazar 20-bed Hospital (Savar), Jinjira 20-bed Hospital (Keraniganj), Sajida Foundation Hospital (Jurayn, Dhaka), Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Sheikh Rasel Gastro Liver Institute & Hospital (Mohakhali, Dhaka), and National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital (NIDCH).

To avoid coronavirus, wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Practice social distancing, which is deliberately increasing the physical space between you and others to avoid contracting or spreading illness. Staying at least 3 feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

COVID-19: Message from Praava Health Chairman & Founder Sylvana Sinha

Across the world and at home in Bangladesh, as the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus continues to evolve, these are uncertain times. We at Praava Health want to share with you a personal message from our Founder & Chairman, Sylvana Q. Sinha. Ms. Sinha shares some important information on the COVID-19 pandemic, how the virus spreads and means of prevention, how Praava is caring for you and your loved ones, and above all, being good to ourselves and staying calm as we brave through this together.

To avoid coronavirus, wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Practice social distancing, which is deliberately increasing the physical space between you and others to avoid contracting or spreading illness. Staying at least 3 feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

If you think you need to be tested, directly contact the government lab IEDCR at 01937000011, 01937110011, 01927711784, 01927711785. Government-approved hospitals for suspected coronavirus patients are Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital (Uttara, Dhaka), Bangladesh Railway General Hospital (Kamlapur, Dhaka), Dhaka Mahanagar General Hospital (Motijheel, Dhaka), Mirpur Maternity Hospital (Mirpur, Dhaka), Kamrangirchar 31 Bed Hospital (Lalbagh, Dhaka), Aminbazar 20-bed Hospital (Savar), Jinjira 20-bed Hospital (Keraniganj), Sajida Foundation Hospital (Jurayn, Dhaka), Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Sheikh Rasel Gastro Liver Institute & Hospital (Mohakhali, Dhaka), and National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital (NIDCH).

COVID-19: Message from Praava Health Chairman & Founder Sylvana Sinha

Across the world and at home in Bangladesh, as the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus continues to evolve, these are uncertain times. We at Praava Health want to share with you a personal message from our Founder & Chairman, Sylvana Q. Sinha. Ms. Sinha shares some important information on the COVID-19 pandemic, how the virus spreads and means of prevention, how Praava is caring for you and your loved ones, and above all, being good to ourselves and staying calm as we brave through this together.

To avoid coronavirus, wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Practice social distancing, which is deliberately increasing the physical space between you and others to avoid contracting or spreading illness. Staying at least 3 feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

If you think you need to be tested, directly contact the government lab IEDCR at 01937000011, 01937110011, 01927711784, 01927711785. Government-approved hospitals for suspected coronavirus patients are Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital (Uttara, Dhaka), Bangladesh Railway General Hospital (Kamlapur, Dhaka), Dhaka Mahanagar General Hospital (Motijheel, Dhaka), Mirpur Maternity Hospital (Mirpur, Dhaka), Kamrangirchar 31 Bed Hospital (Lalbagh, Dhaka), Aminbazar 20-bed Hospital (Savar), Jinjira 20-bed Hospital (Keraniganj), Sajida Foundation Hospital (Jurayn, Dhaka), Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, Sheikh Rasel Gastro Liver Institute & Hospital (Mohakhali, Dhaka), and National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital (NIDCH).

Call Praava’s COVID-19 Hotline to Assess Your Risk

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we at Praava Health want to ensure your safety. 

Today, we are reaching out to encourage you to stay home as much as possible. If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or breathlessness or you have recently traveled abroad or been in close contact with someone who has returned from abroad in the last two weeks, REDUCE YOUR RISK AND CALL 10648 TO TALK TO YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR, instead of coming to Praava.

To avoid coronavirus, wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Practice social distancing, which is deliberately increasing the physical space between you and others to avoid contracting or spreading illness. Staying at least 3 feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

If you think you need to be tested, directly contact the government lab IEDCR at 01937000011, 01937110011, 01927711784, 01927711785. Government-approved hospitals for suspected coronavirus patients are Kurmitola General Hospital and Kuwait Moitry Hospital, Uttara. 

At Praava, you are more than just a patient, you are family.