Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Sharfuddin Ahmed. He said in a press release on Thursday that the results of the genome sequencing study were released.
University martyr Dr. at 11:30 in the afternoon. The VC made the remarks while unveiling the results of a coronary genome sequencing study at an event held at Milon Hall.
The study was conducted on coronary artery disease patients from June 29 to July 30 this year. The Vice-Chancellor himself has been the main sponsor of the Genome Sequencing Research Project.
The BSMMU vice-chancellor said the study included representative sampling from all departments of the country. In the study, the genome sequencing of coronavirus was performed through neopharyngeal swab samples from a total of 300 Covid-19 positive patients through next-generation sequencing.
Among the Covid-19 victims included in the study, 53 percent were men. However, the BSMMU study included patients from 9 months to 90 years of age. The number of patients aged 30-39 years is more. Since no age limit is immune to Covid-19, it cannot be said that there is no risk of Covid infection in children as well.
Studies have shown that patients who have co-morbidity, such as cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes, have a higher mortality rate. In addition, patients over the age of 60 have a higher risk of dying from a second infection. However, the effectiveness of the vaccine in this study is ongoing.
Data published in the Coroner Genome Sequencing Analysis study showed that Bangladesh had a higher rate of infection by the UK or alpha variant last December. According to a later March report, the infection rate was higher by South African or beta variants.
Meanwhile, genome sequencing of 300 samples in the last one month shows that about 98 per cent of the total infections are Indian or Delta variants. 1 percent are infected by South African or beta variants. However, in the first 15 days of the study, the number was 3 percent. In the case of one patient we found the Mauritius variant or the Nigerian variant (the variant under investigation).
Sharfuddin Ahmed said that in many cases, corona is a barrier to life, but life does not stop. Research activities on other genetic diseases will be started immediately. Initiatives will be taken to create Bangladesh’s own data in this regard.