13 more drive-through covid test centres opened

By DG Staff

ABU DHABI 10 April 2020: Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), yesterday announced the opening of 13 additional drive-through Covid-19 testing facilities, following the first opening in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.

Rashid Al Qubaisi, Seha Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer, said, “In collaboration with our strategic partners across the UAE, Seha has equipped all drive-through centres with the most advanced testing systems, techniques and globally-accredited health care teams.

“There are 630 of the most experienced and qualified medical professionals from Seha’s network, staffing the centres… Members of the community seeking to get tested at the drive-through centres will be able to complete the test within five minutes. Thanks to all these factors, we have been able to test 7,000 people since the opening of the Zayed Sports City centre,” said Al Quabaisi.

Following the directive, Seha launched the centres within 10 days by a team of 250 people who were divided into seven groups. Each group specialises in a specific area to ensure the efficiency of the testing centres, including executive, operational, marketing, supporting services, engineering and 67 volunteers. In total, the centres have a combined size of 23,000 square metres, said Wam

Seven drive-through testing centres have so far opened in Abu Dhabi, of which three are located in Abu Dhabi City, Al Wathba and Al Bahia. The Abu Dhabi centres are open between 8 am to 8 pm, from Sunday to Thursday. Two out of the seven, have been opened in Al Ain in the Asharj and Al Hili areas. Each centre is capable of accommodating up to 600 individual bookings.

Two centres were opened in Ghayathi, and near the Madinat Zayed Council in Al Dhafra. The two new testing facilities will be operational all days of the week except for Fridays. The centres will operate between 8 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm and are capable of testing up to 800 people a day.

7 centres in other emirates

Seha has opened centres in Port Rashid and Al Khawaneej in Dubai, where as one centre has been opened in each of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. Each of the seven centres are equipped to test 500 people a day, and are open from Sundays to Thursdays, and timings are 10 am to 6 pm.

Citizens and residents can book an appointment through the Seha hotline 800 1717 or alternatively the Seha smartphone app. Users of the app and hotline will be asked to answer a few questions to help evaluate their condition, and subsequently given a timing for an appointment to get tested for the Covid-19 virus.

Priority will be given to individuals exhibiting symptoms of the virus, or those most vulnerable to the infection including pregnant women, the elderly, people of determination and those suffering from chronic illnesses. For those looking for elective testing and for assurance of being cleared of the virus, the test is priced at Dh370 and can be paid through the Seha app. Callers of the hotline may also be directed to pay through the app.

The evaluation process takes on average two minutes to complete on the Seha app and is available in English and Arabic. Details needed to submit for an evaluation include the individual’s name, Emirates ID number, e-mail address, and contact number. Users will also be able to choose an appointment timing and date that is convenient for their schedule. All appointments are confirmed via SMS on the user’s phone.



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