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32 expats fail to go to KSA for not doing Covid tests in required place


The expatriates were supposed to leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on a flight of Saudi Airlines at 6.25pm on Saturday


The expatriates were supposed to leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on a flight of Saudi Airlines at 6.25pm on Saturday

LT24::LRU:LTN::Thirty-two Bangladeshi expatriates could not fly to Saudi Arabia on Saturday despite procuring tickets with great difficulty.

Shariful Hasan, head of the Brac migration programme confirmed the matter to The Business Standard today.

The expatriates were supposed to leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on a flight of Saudi Airlines at 6.25pm on Saturday. But they could not board the flight as they did their coronavirus tests in private healthcare facilities instead of the Mohakhali coronavirus testing centre in the capital which is dedicated to expatriates.

A victim said he had his coronavirus test done in Enam Medical College Hospital in Savar as he was not told while collecting the tickets that the test had to be done in the Mohakhali coronavirus testing centre.

A relative of another victim– Nur Islam said his brother did his coronavirus test in Ibn Sina Hospital in the capital. But he was not allowed to fly.

Dr Md Habibur Rahman, director at Management Information System of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told The Business Standard that Mohakhali Corona Sample Collection Center is dedicated for the abroad-bound people. If any expatriate takes Covid-19 certificate from a private hospital, she/he will not be allowed.”

The deprived expatriates were still in the airport as of filing of this report.

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