Rector of Syiah Kuala University (Unsyiah), Prof. Dr. Ir Samsul Rizal MEng, felt very happy and grateful at the end of this week. The thing is, Unsyiah's request for medical equipment for Covid-19 was responded very quickly by the Head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), General Doni Monardo.
"Alhamdulillah, just yesterday I asked for an immediate response and sent the goods. This is the response of the center which is incredibly fast," said Prof. Samsul Rizal to Serambinews.com in Banda Aceh, Sunday (8/9/2020) afternoon.
The joy and gratitude of the Unsyiah rector began with a letter he sent to the Head of BNPB, General Doni Monardo in Jakarta on August 7, 2020. In letter number B / 3733 / UN11 / KP.11.00 / 2020, the rector asked for RT-PCR reagan assistance Coronavirus Desease-19 (Covid-19) examination. Sent on August 7, the next day immediately received an encouraging response from the Head of BNPB who is currently the Chair of the Central Covid-19 Handling Task Force.
"Thank God for the quick response from General Doni Monardo, Head of BNPB. On August 8, yesterday the aid package Unsyiah requested was immediately sent, in the form of logistical assistance and equipment for the Unsyiah Medical Faculty," said Samsul, adding that this support was solely in to support the handling of Covid-19 in Aceh.
The goods grant assistance from BNPB is as follows:
PCR of 5,000 tests, the value of which is IDR 900,000,000.00;
6,000 RNA tests, the value of which is Rp. 480,000,000.00;
VTM for 5,000 tests, the value is IDR 200,000,000.00.
"The total grant assistance is 1,580,000,000 rupiah," said Prof. Samsul.
According to Samsul, the BNPB assistance was handed over to Unsyiah on behalf of the Head of BNBP by the Director of Optimization of the BNPB Logistics and Equipment Network, Ibnu Asur. While the recipient as the second party was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Unsyiah. With the assistance from BNPB, said Samsul Rizal, the FK Unsyiah Infectious Disease Lab was more assured of its continuity in conducting Covid-19 examinations based on real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).
Compared to the rapid test, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends PCR in testing the presence or absence of the corona virus in specimens of the throat and nasal mucus of a suspected Covid-19.
"Alhamdulillah, our experts at Unsyiah are more than sufficient to handle this important task. If at the local level we are able to carry out swab checks with accurate results, why should we send specimens farther away," said Samsul.