The Ministry of Health has launched the Rapid COVID-19 Test service on a trial basis. Primary Healthcare Labs Chief, Batoul Al-Alawi, stated that 20,000 tests would be initially conducted, focusing on teachers, students, medical teams on the frontline and symptomatic patients.
The Rapid Test detects COVID-19 infections through a nasal swab with an accurate diagnosis of the patient's condition within 15 minutes without the need for a specialised laboratory. The new service is part of initiatives spearheaded by the National Taskforce for Combating COVID-19 to facilities tests and keep abreast of international developments.
According to a statement from the ministry, the test results are the same as those currently approved in laboratories for Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. The Primary Healthcare Labs Chief indicated that this test does not substitute a PCR examination if the result is positive.
The medical equipment has been used on a trial basis to test over 2700 patients, out of 4200, who are set to undergo tests at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, in addition to 800 health and medical frontliners.
The rapid test is characterised by ease of use, in a practical and economical way in terms of the time it takes for therapeutic examination of nasal swabs by means of PCR examination. The Rapid Test can also be used in campaigns to examine the virus for a large number of people in a short period of time.
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