VIDEO: Sindh Government starts ‘drive-through’ COVID-19 testing service
The drive-through facility carries out the process in three steps.
In an attempt to encourage people to get tested, the Sindh government has started a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility in Karachi.
The facility has been set up with a collaboration between the provincial and municipalities’ health department. It was introduced at the Jahangir Kothari Parade area of Clifton, Karachi.
The drive-through facility carries out the process in three steps. If a citizen wants to get tested, they will first need to call a helpline of DC South’s office and receive a schedule and code for the test.
VIDEO: Pakistan opens the first drive-through virus testing facility in Karachi, as part of the attempts to stem the spread of the pandemic in the country, where infections are rising pic.twitter.com/9xNm32CjUl
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Officials say that this service was started to encourage people who suspect that they have COVID-19 but are reluctant to visit government facilities. The drive-through testing is completely free of cost.
A visitor on a motorcycle or a car is allowed through the drive-through. The patients that are suspected to have the virus would get screened twice. This service has been availed by 100 residents so far but zero positive cases have been detected.
The Sindh government has said that the service will protect citizens, along with healthcare staff, from the COVID-19 infection. The provincial government further plans to extend the service further and would introduce home testing services soon.
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