By Staff writer
Bus will operate in labour camps and be available to elderly members of the public
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has launched a Covid-19 mobile testing unit to operate in densely populated areas of the emirate, particularly in labour camps.
The testing bus will also be available to the elderly and for those who cannot visit health centres due to underlying medical conditions.
Humaid Al Qutami, director general of DHA, said: "The expansion and acceleration of medical examinations, particularly in high-density areas and workers' residences, has contributed significantly to reducing the transmission of Covid-19 and helped us boost quarantine operations and treatment for patients."
The mobile testing unit was designed and manufactured by the National Fire Fighting Manufacturing Company (NAFFCO) in the UAE and is equipped with internal and external isolation and sterilisation systems developed using SHIELDme technology.
Khalid Al Khatib, group CEO of NAFFCO, said the bus offers the most and innovative and up-to-date mobile screening solutions for Covid-19.
"This mobile bus can test 1,000 people a day. It has several features including an Emirates ID card reading machine and registration system. It can move around residential areas easily and safeguard medical staff from potential infection that can be caused by direct contact with the outside environment. It is designed to completely protect medical professionals and provide them with a sense of security," he said.
There are currently 21,084 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE, where the death toll stands at 208.