Metropolitans can test for COVID-19 without leaving the car

The procedure takes only 3-5 minutes, Nur-Sultan city hall informs via its official site.

Mobile screening for coronavirus infection is now in Nur-Sultan. The lab was launched at the premises of city multispecialty hospital No 2. Bakhtiyar Maken, deputy mayor, and Saule Kissikova, head of municipal healthcare department, attended the screening center inaugural ceremony.

“The goal is to make sure every citizen is tested and infection-free. Additionally, six laboratories run 4,500 tests daily. Generally, the city has both public and private labs collecting samples. The center is conveniently located. Citizens may test arriving at the airport too. Ample parking space is also available,” said Bakhtiyar Maken.

According to deputy mayor, the project may be replicated in other city districts in the future.

The mobile testing unit capacity is over 100 tests a day. The procedure only takes 3 to 5 minutes. According to experts, sampling is done in a vehicle without standing in line, which makes the method particularly convenient. The test costs 10 thousand tenge.

The individual fills out a form with personal information, epidemiological factors and symptoms. Their body temperature is measured with a contactless thermometer inside a car. The result is ready in six hours and can be obtained via email or WhatsApp messenger within 24 hours.
In case of a grounded suspicion of COVID-19 presence, the individual is transferred to a specialized hospital.

The mobile screening center operated daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the end of the epidemic. It is located in an area between Mega Silk Way Mall and hospital No2.

Experts assume the mobile unit in Nur-Sultan will ensure detecting latent hot spots of the disease among the population and take timely sanitary-epidemiological and preventive measures to preclude complications.

Let us remind the first laboratory module for rapid and accurate PCR testing for coronavirus was launched in the capital city today. Bulat Utemuratov Foundation donated the unique mobile lab with a high level of biosafety and automated examination process to the Ministry of Public Health and Nur-Sultan akimat. The lab will run free screening for the following groups: unemployed; low-income and multiple-children families; people with disabilities; planned in-patient admissions; patients over age 50 under dynamic observation for respiratory, endocrine and cardiovascular conditions; special personnel engaged in epidemiology response – volunteers, activists and patrol servicemen; citizens in nursing homes, care homes and other special institutions; and childcare personnel.

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