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DU, BSMMU experts develop mechanism to contain coronavirus

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Health Desk-13 July, 2020: A group of researchers led by Dhaka University and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) have developed 'Negative Pressure Isolation Canopy' to contain the spread of contagious diseases like Covid-19 and reduce the rate of contamination among health workers in hospitals.

Researchers from DU Biomedical Physics and Technology Department and BSMMU Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Intensive Care Medicine Department jointly conducted the research while researchers from different organizations contributed to it.

Team leader Professor Khondokar Siddique-e-Rabbani, founding chairperson and now Honorary Professor of Biomedical Physics and Technology Department in DU, disclosed this development through a virtual press conference on Saturday.

"Viruses discharged by Covid-19 patients pose a great risk to others including patients and health workers in a hospital facility. To reduce this risk, a way out is to cover the surroundings of the patient and drawing the air out, creating a negative pressure environment," Khondokar Siddique-e-Rabbani told BSS.

"The vice chancellor of BSMMU, Professor Kanak Kanti Barua, has already allocated partial funds for this research," he informed.

Under the overall supervision of the Biomedical Physics and Technology Department of DU, BiBEAT Limited, a non-profit and non-shareholding social enterprise, is ready to supply such units to any hospital in the country.

BiBEAT Limited is an authorised organization to commercialize the product they invent, as per a memorandum of understanding with the Biomedical Physics and Technology Department of DU