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Coronavirus Testing Station Opened at Wits University

Nyakallo Tefu 

Wits University and the Gift of the Givers Foundation have joined hands in the fight against COBID-19 pandemic by opening up a testing station at the campus.

The testing station is open to patients who fit the National Institute for Communicable Diseases criteria and have been referred to by a doctor. 

The testing takes place on the Braamfontein Campus, where Gift of the Givers manages the testing station while Mullah Laboratories co-ordinates the sites and reports to the NICD. 

The University has since provided a criteria fortheCOVID-19 testing on its premises: 

Who can be tested?

  • Patients must fit the NICD case definition criteria and must have a doctor’s referral before testing. This reduces contamination risk and contact time in the best interests of all concerned.
  • HPCSA rules require that the patient has to consult his/her OWN doctor if it’s a telephonic consultation or any doctor if it’s a face-to-face consultation.

Costs: The COVID-19 PCR testing costs R750, and payment is due via EFT before testing.

Meanwhile, engineers at the university announced that it has come up with face shields to add to the shortage of protective gear in the country. 

The face shields, which are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheeting, are a flat pack consisting of two pieces that can be rapidly assembled. 

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