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Testing booths for Albow Gardens

The Albow Gardens Clinic in Milnerton is one of 17 local clinics in the city with Covid-19 mobile testing booths.

The City of Cape Town recently introduced these booths saying it can be used on site at clinics or in communities and offer extra protection to those being tested, as well as those conducting the tests.

The booths will aid efforts to increase the number of tests of vulnerable individuals who are at risk of more severe illness. It will also protect front-line healthcare workers.

The City identified the challenges relating to constraints around personal protective equipment (PPE) availability, and in addition, wanted to increase the number of patients tested for Covid-19.

While all clients are still screened for Covid-19 when visiting, testing is being reserved for the vulnerable who are at high risk of complications and may need hospitalisation, should they contract the virus. This includes:

  • People older than 55 who have coronavirus symptoms.
  • People under 55 with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and hypertension and have coronavirus symptoms.
  • Healthcare workers presenting with coronavirus symptoms.
  • People who live in a care or old age home and have coronavirus symptoms.

The mobile testing booth is an innovative cost-effective solution to increase the capacity to test in the heart of communities in need.

“Our new testing booths will allow us to conduct tests with an added layer of safety for both the person conducting the test and the person being tested. Importantly, it will allow us to save valuable personal protection equipment (PPE), as there is a worldwide shortage. The testing booths are designed for a single operator who will not need to don PPE while testing, although a surgical mask is still recommended,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien.

The tester will use special external glove extensions to reach out and perform nasopharyngeal swabs without any major difficulties. The external gloves are cleaned and disinfected before the following person is tested.

Badroodien added that this is another way in which the City is trying to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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