With increasing indications of the gradual return to normal life and the reopening of airports, the Ministry of Health is studying a number of options and solutions necessary to deal with these developments, reports Al-Qabas daily. According to reliable health sources, the ministry received an offer some time ago for the supply of medical devices that can produce COVID-19 test results within 20 to 30 seconds after conducting swab tests on those coming into the country. This test is carried out using an innovative, easy-to-use device that requires only one trained person to operate it. Each device can carry out hundreds of tests per day and achieve accurate results of up to 98 percent. It is among the proposed solutions for Gulf health systems especially with the upcoming reopening of the airports in some Arabian Gulf states.
All these solutions and procedures are subject to the condition of improving the general epidemiological indicators of COVID-19 in Kuwait and other countries that may witness positive developments in terms of decline in the infection rates. They are aimed to ensure that no new infections or strains enter or infiltrate the borders through travelers, in addition to an emphasis on the availability of a vaccination certificate for global vaccines, or recent PCR test certificates obtained from overseas laboratories that are accredited by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health. The sources affirmed that the ministry is currently studying the file of these modern devices, which, if supplied, will save tens of millions of dinars, in the event that their registration and approval are obtained during the next stage.
They explained that the file will be studied from all aspects especially with regard to reducing pressure on the health system and the workers at the airport and border checkpoints, as well as allocating huge budgets for carrying out PCR and even antibody tests, and reducing the expenditures on medical supplies in light of the continuing repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic for an unknown period. The ministry is studying the extent of the safety and reliability of these devices, taking into consideration the fact that they were approved by the British health authorities in March after they were field-tested in more than one sector there.
SOURCE : ARAB TIMES