Mobile swab vans are used in tracing and detecting COVID-19 positive cases more effectively, according to Yangon Region Branch of the Public Health Department.
Normally, a pickup like the Hijet brand, which is a cost effective car, is turned into a mobile swab van with the help of donors. First, the open body at the back of the pickup is turned into an airtight container aided with an air-conditioner, from which swabs are taken for testing.
“Thanks to the mobile swab van, health experts can take specimens from persons placed under quaran-tine more easily.Normally, members of the swab-taking teams wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) have to travel from one place to another under the blazing sun to collect swabs for testing. Hence, donors are seeking various means for the convenience of the swab-testing teams to cut time and facilitate their work, and providing them with mobile swab vans is found to be effective,” explained Dr.Tun Myint, head of Yangon Region Branch of the Public Health Department.
The largest number of positive cases are found and treated in Yangon Region. So, health staff and volunteers in the frontline are working hard, so that there will be no loopholes in tracing, monitoring, testing and treating the COVID-19 patients.
First testing of the positive cases was carried out with a swab van of the Medical Research Department, but the maintenance cost of the vehicle is round about Ks -1 million.
But, the newly modified mobile swab vans will accelerate the work and reduce the hardships testing teams are facing in taking swabs at quarantined places around the city. So, more donors are invited to reinforce the fleet of mobile swab vans, and based on the amount of contributions, the swab teams can extend their operations.
Htet Khaing (Sanchaung)