On Saturday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) started its first coronavirus drive-thru testing facility. The facility is for both the residents and the citizens of the country.
Notably, the UAE is one of five nations in the world to open a drive-thru testing facility.
The facility can test around 600 people a day. The facility has been collectively developed by the Department of Health (DoH) Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA). Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed, inaugurated the testing unit. Moreover, Sheikh himself took a test on the drive-thru as well.
Today, I visited the mobile COVID-19 Test Center set up by SEHA as part of measures to contain the virus. Medical teams out in the field are the first line of protection of the UAE, their sacrifices safeguard our health. pic.twitter.com/nrO0iCFr8t
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) March 28, 2020
Besides, Rashed Saif Al Qubaisi, the group deputy CEO, stated: “The leadership of Abu Dhabi has provided direction to ensure that the Abu Dhabi community has access to high-quality healthcare in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.
The launch of the drive-through facility will allow for the early diagnosis of people infected with the virus and will help us contain its spread. With this new technology, SEHA will be able to provide results within a few hours, and rapidly transfer patients to hospitals for treatment.”
On Saturday, the UAE recorded 63 new cases of the COVID-19 rising the cumulative number of diagnosed cases in UAE to 468.
All about the testing facility
As per Mohammed Hawas Al Sadeed, executive director of out-patient: “The facilities set up at the Zayed Sports City will have four entry paths from which patients can arrive. All testing is conducted within the car, with patients needing to remain seated. As patients arrive at Zayed Sports City, they will receive a welcome message from SEHA which is broadcast via the in-car radio. Patients will have to keep their ID cards ready and windows closed.”
“At the registration point, SEHA employees will provide patients with a medical sterilizer for their hands. The patients will then need to insert their Emirates ID into the e-reader for registration, before proceeding to the next point. After registration, the patients will have to lower their car window for a nose swab test. On completion of the test, the patients can leave and return to their homes where they are advised to maintain self-isolation until they receive their test, and are cleared of contracting the COVID-19 virus.”
Above all, coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the globe. In Pakistan, the cases have soared to more than 1500. The lethal virus has also taken the life of a doctor in Gilgit. All the medicine institutes across the globe are racing to build vaccines and drugs for this fatal menace.