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Posted On: 25 June 2020 09:47 am

Persons who undergo COVID-19 drive through testing won't get gray status in EHTERAZ: PHCC

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Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has confirmed that people who undergo testing at COVID-19 drive-through testing centers will not get gray color in EHTERAZ application, as the color will remain green after taking the medical swab.

PHCC added that it will contact COVID-19 positive cases.

PHCC has established three COVID-19 drive-through testing centers in Al Waab, Al Thumama, and Labeeb, adding that only those who are invited are examined, as this service is not available to the public and it is limited only to those who meet the agreed national standards, as examination will be conducted only for cases that have received the invitation.

Director of Cancer Early Screening Program at the PHCC Dr. Sheikha Abu Sheikha said in response to some inquiries regarding examination from inside the vehicles, where some individuals who are over 50 years old are contacted to take these samples as well as persons with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and blood pressure.

She added that the persons who are invited to test are concerned about the possibility of changing the color in EHTERAZ application from green to gray, stressing that won't happen until the results of the tests appear, as the color of the application will be linked to the result directly.

She explained that people who won't come to undergo tests despite receiving invitation won't have any procedures against them as they are not in contact with infected people, but they are invited to undergo initial examination samples that are subject to the acceptance of the person himself.

Within the framework of the national efforts to confront the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PHCC has launched three COVID-19 drive-through testing centers from 2 pm and 10 pm with the possibility to extend working hours in the future if necessary.

PHCC stressed that this expansion of testing facilities will not only help in preventing the spread of COVID-19 but will also help in early detection of the disease in its early stages, especially among the people most vulnerable to infection and thus preventing transmission to critical cases and also slow the spread of the virus in society.

These temporary swab centers operate by invitation only, where people are selected and prioritized by three criteria, being in contact with COVID-19 patients, the elderly, and people with chronic health problems. The invited people will receive SMS to confirm the appointment to undergo the testing.

Source: Qatar News Agency