Free Covid-19 tests for service workers

Free Covid-19 tests for service workers

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) has a free Covid-19 test service at the government complex in Chaeng Watthana that is targeting people from service sectors such as restaurants, massage shops and hair salons.

The free testing -- using antigen test kits -- began yesterday and is operating until Sept 3.

Attaporn Limpanyalert, NHSO deputy secretary-general, said the NHSO is working with the Faculty of Medical Technology, Mahidol University and Dhanarak Asset Development Co Ltd to carry out the tests. The tests are being done from 8.30am-4.30pm at a parking area in the complex, Dr Attaporn said.

From today, the bans on dining in at restaurants and other activities at beauty salons are eased to help businesses recover, he said.

Prof Chartchalerm Isarankura Na Ayudhya, dean of the Faculty of Medical Technology, Mahidol University, said the faculty previously ran testing for the NHSO during the July surge in infections to help speed up the detection of the virus so those found infected could get prompt treatment.

He said the current effort is more about restoring trust in people that service sector workers are not infected.

Test results are available in 30 minutes and people can receive them at the testing area or download them online. If an infection is detected, the infected person will promptly receive treatment from medical clinics at home right while those with symptoms will be sent to Piyavate Hospital and given Favipiravir, he said.

People must have their ID cards or passports to get the test result while they can book the test through the related website or walk-in, he said.

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