Covid drive-thrus open in northern emirates

By Eudore R. Chand

UAE 13 April, 2020: Covid-19 drive thru test centres were yesterday opened by Seha in Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.

Tests are free of charge to those who meet certain criteria, which is confirmed in advance over the phone. Priority is given to the elderly, pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions and those having symptoms of Covid-19. Those who do not meet the criteria have to pay Dh370 fee.

The examination result is then delivered to individuals via SMS or on the Seha app. To book an appointment, call 800 1717.

Those who wish to download the Seha smart application on iPhone devices can: via the link:, and on devices that use the Android system through the link: https : // id = com.linkdev.seha.

Ras Al Khamah: The National Screening Centre is located next to the Eid prayer ground in Khuzam. The drive-through facility, is operated by Ambulatory Healthcare Services, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha). It is equipped with the latest medical devices and proficient staff. The screening procedure takes just 5 minutes, with a capacity to examine up to 500 people a day.

It will operate from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am until 6 pm.

Fujairah: The Fujairah screening centre is in the Rumailah Square.

Umm Al Qaiwain: The screening centre is located in the Emirate’s Al-Bait-Motwahid Hall and run by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company. The facility expects to test around 500 people daily from 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday to Thursday.

Sharjah: The drive-through screening centre for coronavirus is near Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club.

The center has four entrances through which the necessary examination can be performed to detect the virus, which takes place from inside the car. The person must prepare his ID card, and stay in the car, while keeping the car windows closed until reaching the registration point at the entrance to the center, then one of the employees will come to sterilize his hands, and ask him to enter his ID card in the e-reader. After confirming the registration, the customer will proceed to the second point, which is to take the swab.

At the second point, one of the nurses comes to take the swab from the nose, after which he continues to drive his car towards the center exit, where he finds a sign indicating that the examination results will be sent to him via text message and that he can get the result as well through the smart application of Seha.

It takes between three and five days to obtain the result, and if the test result returns positive, the relevant authorities communicate with the person to take the necessary measures.

The examination center provides its services to 500 persons daily, from Sunday to Thursday (10 am to 6 pm).

Ajman: The drive-through coronavirus examination centre for members of the local community, is at the former festival land close to Ajman’s city centre.

Helicopter message to spread awareness about Covid-19

Abu Dhabi Aviation is spreading awareness about Covid-19 by having a helicopter fly across all the emirates displaying messages in Arabic and English urging community members to stay at home, maintain social distancing and avoid gatherings.

The campaign started yesterday from the capital and will spread to the other emirates in the coming days. The messages, which say ”Dedication at Work and Safety at Home”, remind people to work from home to keep themselves and others safe, and avoid the risk of spreading Covid-19.

The initiative is part of Abu Dhabi Aviation’s effort to support the UAE’s measures to combat coronavirus, keep people safe, protect their health and join the global effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The initiative targets all groups of society and urges them to take precautions to prevent the disease from spreading.

Disinfection of shopping centers in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) has deployed a specialised team of engineers, technicians, trainers, and qualified cleaning staff as part of its participation in the disinfection drive targeting shopping centers across Abu Dhabi Emirate.

Carried out in close collaboration with the Department of Municipalities and Transport, the drive comes as part of the emirate’s efforts to step up preventive measures against the Covid-19 within the framework of the National Disinfection Program currently underway across the UAE.

Started on Saturday evening, the disinfection drive covers 31 shopping centers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and aims to complement the preventive measures already taken by the Emirate in its fight against Novel Coronavirus.

The disinfection work includes spraying and sterilization of both indoor and outdoor areas using the latest scientific methods and practices. In addition to its specialized team, Tadweer has also deployed 175 machines and equipment that meet the highest international specifications.

The disinfection drive targets the most crowded facilities, assets, and areas frequented by public in shopping centers such as entrances, shopping carts and baskets, payment counters, seating areas, parking lots, waste bins, donation boxes, floors, open spaces, corridors, elevators, stairs, prayer rooms, and playing areas, among others.

Dr Salem Al Kaabi, Director General of Tadweer, said: “The shopping center disinfection drive is an important part of the national disinfection program currently underway in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. To ensure its success, we are closely collaborating with all relevant authorities in line with the directives of the wise leadership to protect the health and safety of all residents Abu Dhabi, while effectively preventing the spread of the pandemic in the emirate.”



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