Drive-thru swab test begins Monday

Loo of 'Kita Jaga Miri’ (left) hands over the drive -through swab test project to Dr Maurice (fourth right) while Ting (fourth left), Yii (third right) and others look on.

MIRI: The first drive-through screening test services here will begin operation on Monday.

For a start, the drive-through swab testing facility for Covid-19 at Miri Indoor stadium will give priority to people with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant mothers and children.

The project is a collaborative effort by various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in this district, namely the Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Sheda) Miri Branch, Rotary Club of Miri Oil Town (RCMOT), Federation of Miri Division Chinese Association Sarawak (Youth Section) and Advocates Association of Sarawak (Miri Branch) under the ‘Kita Jaga Miri’ flagship.

“It took them one week to complete the installation of the RM45,000 project, using two units of containers for the purpose,” said Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting after witnessing the handing over of the project to a representative of the Ministry of Health (MoH) on Saturday.

Also present during the handing over was Miri mayor Adam Yii and Tudan Clinic officer-in-charge Dr Maurice Steve Utap, ‘Kita Jaga Miri’ organising person Peter Loo and other committee members.

The drive-through swab test facility is accessible by appointment only, and no walk-in is allowed at the moment.

The test results will be ready within 48 hours or 72 hours.

Test results for those negative for Covid-19 will be notified via Short Messaging Services, and via phone calls for those tested positive.