Syiah Kuala University (Unsyiah) conducted a qPCR swab test related to Covid-19 to dozens of jamaat at the Jamik Mosque, Friday (6/12/2020). This activity took place after the Friday prayer which took place on the 1st floor of the mosque. The swab taking room is prepared to be closed and sterile by mosque officials.
Unsyiah Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng, said that the swab test was a continuation of the inspection which had previously been carried out in various places. The specimens that have been collected will be taken to the Unsyiah Infection Laboratory that has been designated by the central government as the National Referral Laboratory for RT-qPCR test for Covid-19 detection in Aceh.
"For today, we examine pilgrims randomly as an initial screening to see a description of plural mosque worshipers," the Rector said.
The worshipers examined were Unsyiah academics and also the community around Darussalam. This examination according to the rector was important because part of the Unsyiah target helped the government overcome Covid-19, as well as preparation for facing a new normal application.
He also added that this random inspection will continue to be carried out by Unsyiah in various places. It is even possible to do this in other cities / regencies if the local government wants it. Previously, a similar inspection had been carried out by Unsyiah in collaboration with the Banda Aceh City Government since June 4, 2020. At that time, the Unsyiah health team conducted swab checks on 25 employees in the Banda Aceh City Hall office environment. In addition, on Thursday (6/11) Unsyiah also swabbed 110 health workers at the hospital. Meuraxa.
"Unsyiah is ready to help those who want Covid-19's swab test. At present, we have more than seven molecular biologists who handle examinations using the real time qualitative Polymerace Chain Reaction (qPCR) method, "he continued.
The Unsyiah Infection Laboratory can conduct 376 specimen swab tests a day. The results can be known within the next five hours. Although the positive case of Covid-19 in Aceh is low, the rector still invites the community to apply health protocols in their daily lives. Always use a mask, wash hands, and apply physical distancing. He hopes that with the cooperation of all walks of life, the Covid-19 pandemic will soon pass and activities can return to normal. (Unsyiah PR / fer)