DHA has introduced new Saliva testing for COVID-19 for children in the age group of 3-16 years across all Dubai Health Authority (DHA) facilities.
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22 November 2020, 12:00 AM
12 December 2020, 12:00 AM
Saliva testing for COVID-19 for children in the age group of 3-16 years has been initiated across all Dubai Health Authority (DHA) facilities in the emirate of Dubai, top DHA officials announced on Sunday.
The research which was headed by the Mohammad bin Rashid University (MBRU) jointly with the DHA found the saliva test to have above 90 per cent diagnostic accuracy.
This new testing has been introduced as children find it very uncomfortable to get the nasal swab test and parents find it inconvenient for their kids to take the test. The new saliva test, which is based on new research will eliminate the discomfort and encourage kids to be screened.
Dr Farida Al Khaja, CEO of DHA’s Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector said: “For children, in particular, it is highly beneficial as it eliminates the discomfort associated with a nasal swab test, which means children will be at ease and find the test comfortable. This joint effort highlights how research-based data can help develop public health policies to provide the highest-standards of medical care to the population.”
• The saliva testing is available with effect from today ( November 22) at all DHA facilities and DHA-
run COVID-19 screening centres
• Price is the same, Dh150, as the nasal swab PCR test
• Results from this test take the same time as nasal swab and are available within 24 hours