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COVID-19: Halodoc, Gojek to offer some Jakartans free drive-through rapid testing

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 10, 2020   /   07:27 am
COVID-19: Halodoc, Gojek to offer some Jakartans free drive-through rapid testing A medical worker takes a blood sample for COVID-19 testing at the Communications and Information Ministry in Jakarta on Wednesday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

 

Healthcare platform Halodoc and ride-hailing app Gojek in cooperation with Mitra Keluarga Hospital and Kemayoran Complex Management Center (PPKK) plan to offer free rapid COVID-19 testing to some Jakartans from April 10 to 17.

The platforms will use drive-through testing to minimize the risk of transmission.

"Massive rapid testing is important to curb the spread of COVID-19. Halodoc wants to give the public access to easy and accurate screenings while still obeying the physical distancing policy," Halodoc CEO Jonathan Sudharta said in a written statement.

The testing facility will use blood samples to detect the presence of immunoglobulin in the blood, which is a type of antibody formed when someone gets the virus.

According to the Halodoc statement, rapid testing will only be available to people with a moderate or high risk of having contracted COVID-19. 

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To get tested, first, residents must consult with doctors through the Halodoc app. If the doctor thinks a user should be tested, the user can click the “book appointment” button on the app to get an exact time and location for testing. The consultation will be free.

Users are advised to go to the facility by vehicle.

"You could use motorcycles, cars or take online ride-hailing services. You will receive the results a day after the rapid tests via SMS or via the Halodoc app," the statement said.

Residents who test positive for COVID-19 will receive further instructions from doctors regarding self-isolation or hospitalization.

 "Patients who practice self-isolation could have consultations via the Halodoc app. Their medicine could be delivered to their homes by Gojek drivers."