The Ministry of Health is considering allowing private sector medical laboratories to participate in conducting a corona virus test, provided that the laboratories meet the technical specifications, sources revealed that these laboratories, when approved by the ministry, will be able to obtain a “PCR” certificate for travelers, with the return of air traffic to normal between countries.
The sources pointed out that the Ministry of Health addressed the institutions of the private sector in this regard, to determine the extent of readiness and fulfill the technical specifications to provide this type of services, noting that the ministry is awaiting benefit from private laboratories.
She stressed that there are strict conditions and criteria for the participation permit, in parallel with making sure that the technical specifications are met, namely that the laboratory be accredited and licensed by the Ministry as a virus laboratory and that the laboratory to conduct a corona examination is licensed as a virus laboratory.
She also confirmed that no laboratory in the private sector has been approved yet to conduct the examination, indicating that the Ministry is in the process of determining the value of fees set for this type of examination, and confirming that its prices have not yet been determined.
With the return of air traffic to normal between the countries of the world, many of these countries will require and require travelers and students studying abroad to submit the result of the PCR test, indicating that these laboratories will be authorized according to their approval by the Ministry of Health to issue such a certificate.
The sources also referred to the request of the Ministry of Health to establish public health laboratories and headquarters for the Preventive Health Unit in air and land outlets, and the approval of the Council of Ministers earlier in the context of precautionary and proactive measures, in anticipation of dealing with future conditions similar to the Corona pandemic, confirming that the establishment of such Entities at the airport and land ports and providing them with specialized medical personnel, would create a specific mechanism for dealing with arrivals to the country in the event of similar epidemics, and at the same time relieve pressure on public health laboratories.