Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has launched a mobile testing unit to conduct coronavirus COVID-19 tests in densely populated areas.
The highly-sophisticated mobile unit is expected to carry our tests around Dubai’s labour camps, and will also be available to reach members of the community who may find it difficult to visit test centres, including the elderly those with certain underlying medical conditions.
The new initiative is in collaboration with National Fire Fighting Manufacturing Company (NAFFCO) who designed and manufactured the testing unit and provided it to DHA, along with SHIELDme.
The mobile testing unit meets all regulatory requirements to protect staff involved with it, as well as those being tested, and has the capability to conduct 1,000 tests per day.
In a statement, HE Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the Dubai Health Authority said, “The expansion and acceleration of medical examinations, particularly in high-density areas and workers' residences, has contributed significantly to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and helped us boost quarantine operations and treatment for patients.
“This initiative was made possible through a collaboration between private entities, the private and government health sector, the police and community members. It will increase the effectiveness of measures to combat the virus and help our efforts to overcome the challenges it poses.”
NAFFCO Group CEO, Eng. Khalid Al Khatib, Group CEO added that the the mobile testing unit that has been designed and manufactured in the UAE, offers the most innovative and up-to-date mobile screening solutions for COVID-19.
Eng. Khalid Al Khatib said, “This mobile bus can test 1,000 people a day. It has several features including an Emirates ID card reading machine and registration system. It can move around residential areas easily and safeguard medical staff from potential infection that can be caused by direct contact with the outside environment. It is designed to completely protect medical professionals and provide them with a sense of security.”
Eng. Khalid Al Khatib added, "The introduction of this bus is an expression of our thanks and our desire to strengthen the great efforts of DHA in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”