ER doctors not to perform tests for Covid-19, - Ukraine's Healthcare Ministry

Source : 112 Ukraine

Only doctors at certain hospitals will perfrom the tests in case of suspicion for this particular disease. Actually, two tests will be performed - one for flu, and the other one for Covid-19
10:14, 23 March 2020

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The express tests for Chinese coronavirus will be conducted only by doctors of certain healthcare establishments. Ukraine's Healthcare Ministry reported this on Monday.

"If you have symptoms of ARVI, go see your family doctor. ER doctors only depart for urgent cases. Medical workers of urgent medical aid teams will not be conducting tests for Covid-19", reads the message.

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Express tests will be used by the doctors at hospitals for the purpose of "sanitary assortment". That is, medics will have to conduct two tests: one for influenza and another one for covonavirus. This is necessary for the doctors to decide what kind of action should they take next. If the flu test is positive, they take respective action; if the Covid-19 express test proves positive, the doctors should take an extra sample for the diagnosis to be confirmed with the aid of the PCR test. After that, it is possible to confirm the case of morbidity with Covid-19, and anti-epidemic measures can be taken.

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In general, 73 cases have been reported across Ukraine since the disease first reached this country.

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