The Ministry of Public Health has updated its COVID-19 testing protocol and approved antibody and antigen tests to be performed in the private healthcare sector, as mentioned on the MoPH Twitter page.
The latest COVID-19 testing protocol means that approved private healthcare centers are now authorized to perform two new tests - rapid antigen testing and antibody testing – in addition to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing that the private sector has been performing through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three COVID-19 tests are now available at approved private hospitals and clinics:
For screening of asymptomatic people or patients or patients presenting with COVID-19 like symptoms or other respiratory symptoms.
It can detect the COVID-19 virus in the early acute infectious stage of the infection and during the prolonged shedding stage that is often found in recovering patients.
Currently, PCR tests are required prior to travel, before major hospital procedures and for confirmation of infection following a positive rapid
PCR testing is considered the golden standard test in diagnosing acute infection with COVID-19.
MOPH Updates COVID-19 Testing Protocol and Approves New Tests— وزارة الصحة العامة (@MOPHQatar) May 29, 2021
for Private Healthcare Sector
- Rapid antigen testing
- Antibody testing (Rapid, Anti-N and Anti-S assays)
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testinghttps://t.co/0E7sbHsxFW pic.twitter.com/iutBuQN2Lw
Source: MoPH Twitter; MoPH
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