All who visit flu clinics will be tested for COVID-19

All people visiting flu clinics will be tested for COVID-19 as a part of enhancing surveillance in all parts of the country.

There are 54 flu clinics in the country and these clinics will be separate from the main hospital to avoid risks. The testing will be antigen testing where results will come within 30 minutes.

Flu clinics will be expanded into the zones and these flu clinics can also serve as testing stations in case of the need to test.

Health Minister Dechen Wangmo said if any person who has flu like symptoms they should immediately visit a flu clinic for testing. The minister also requested the public not to visit the hospital if they have flu like symptoms because if that person has COVID-19 then the person might infect other people in the hospital.

The minister said Bhutan has enough Antigen test kits and the test kits have been distributed to all the 54 flu clinics in the country. If a person tests positive through Antigen testing then RT-PCR test will be done again to the same person for confirmation.

She also said, even if a person tested negative earlier there is no guarantee that the same person will not get the virus This is why the ministry is carrying out repeat tests in Phuentsholing.

Compared to past years, there are much lesser flu cases this year given the use of facemasks and the other precautions and this has to be the new normal said the Health Minister.

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