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UAE opens 7 new drive-through COVID-19 screening centers


SEHA’s Ambulatory Healthcare Services opened seven new drive-through coronavirus screening centers across the country.

The launch of laser-based DPI testing (blood test) was setup for people wanting to enter or renter Abu Dhabi at selected drive-through screening centers.

“During the first phase, the service will be provided at screening centers in Zayed Sports City and Corniche in Abu Dhabi, Al Hili in Al Ain, and at the National Screening Centers in Mina Rashed, Al Khawaneej, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah,” SEHA said in a statement.

Those wanting to enter the Capital can book an appointment via the SEHA app and pay the AED50 charge.

A small blood sample will be collected with results appearing in minutes.

If the test result shows that no swab is needed, an SMS will be sent, enabling the person to enter Abu Dhabi within 48 hours from the test result.

However, SEHA added, “If the test result shows that a nose swab is required, it will be done right away, and the customer will need to isolate himself until the result is out.”

Commenting on the new service, Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi, Chief Operations Officer at AHS, said the screening centres were introduced in order to ease the journey for people wanting to enter the Emirate.

“All they need to do is book an appointment through SEHA app and get tested from the comfort of their own cars at the centers in Abu Dhabi or Al Ain before leaving the Emirate or at one of the selected screening centers in the Northern Emirates before returning,” adding that more locations will be introduced soon.

Drive-through screening centers in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain will operate Saturday to Thursday from 8 am-8 pm, while the Northern Emirates locations will be open seven days a week from 10 am- 8 pm.

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