Medical equipment assistance for Covid-19 test from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) for the Syiah Kuala University Infection Laboratory arrived on Monday afternoon, August 10, 2020. This medical equipment was received directly by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Unsyiah, Prof. Dr. Maimun Syukri Sp.PD (K) and his staff at the campus. The assistance that arrived worth Rp1.58 billion included 5,000 PCR tests, valued at Rp900 million; RNA for 6,000 tests worth IDR 480 million, and VTM for 5,000 tests worth IDR 200 million.
Unsyiah Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng said that this assistance was Unsyiah's special request to BNPB on August 7, 2020. This application through letter number B / 3733 / UN11 / KP.11.00 / 2020 asks BNPB to provide additional assistance for reagan and supporting medical devices whose supplies are running low in Unsyiah. Samsul himself did not expect that the request he had just submitted three days ago was quickly responded to by the Head of BNPB, General Doni Monardo.
"Masyaallah, we did not expect yesterday's request to be responded very quickly by BNPB, and thank God the goods were immediately sent and arrived at Unsyiah," said Samsul Rizal, Monday (8/10/2020).
The arrival of this medical assistance meant a lot to Unsyiah. Because after the Eid al-Adha holiday, swab test at Unsyiah's laboratory increased. The increasingly massive spread of the Covid-19 virus in Aceh has resulted in running out of reagents and consumables for swab examinations. The presence of this assistance, continued Samsul, was a great relief to his heart. Because Unsyiah can immediately use it for community screening tests in various locations in Aceh. Especially at this time, Unsyiah has been exploring cooperation with city / district governments in Aceh to conduct mass swab test, such as in Pidie, Pidie Jaya, Bener Meriah, Singkil, Sabang, to Subulussalam. It even fulfills the additional checks requested by the Municipal Government of Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar.
"This BNPB assistance will be used to help the community through cooperation with the regency and municipal government so that it can reduce costs," continued Samsul.
Meanwhile, the Operational Manager of the Unsyiah Infection Laboratory, dr. Ichsan, M.Sc. added that currently many of the districts in Aceh are sending examination samples to Unsyiah. The addition of PCR real time test reagents and consumables for Covid-19 detection is very helpful for Unsyiah's lab for the next four months.
"This amount of assistance will be able to cover the test at Unsyiah's lab for the next four months with a range of 8,000 examinations," he said.
Even though the swab test is guaranteed for the next few months, Ichsan still hopes that people can carry out health protocols in their daily lives to protect themselves, their families and the surrounding community. He advised people to always use masks, wash their hands with soap and water, and maintain distance in their daily activities. This step is to reduce the rate of spread of Covid-19, so that positive cases in Aceh do not increase