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Ho Chi Minh City requests companies to test employees for COVID-19 once a week

Ho Chi Minh City requests companies to test employees for COVID-19 once a week

Saturday, August 28, 2021, 14:55 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City requests companies to test employees for COVID-19 once a week
Medical staff take samples for COVID-19 testing from workers of Nam Thai Son Import Export Joint Stock Company in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhu Y / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health provided guidelines for enterprises on Friday evening to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests on their workers every seven days.

The method required is rapid antigen testing.

Enterprises must submit their specific testing plans, which should include implementation dates, the number of rapid tests conducted per time and testing tools, to competent agencies and local health centers for monitoring and support.

Companies will prepare test supplies in accordance with the lists of products authorized by the Ministry of Health and arrange personnel in charge of taking samples, using their own medical manpower or cooperating with private clinics and hospitals.

Health centers of districts and Thu Duc City and the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control will act as support centers for training and technical guidance on sample collecting.

Enterprises must compile and send all test results after every testing session to related agencies and medical centers for monitoring.

The municipal health department requested companies to timely handle infections detected through the rapid tests as per the health ministry’s instructions and immediately report them to local authorities.

It also asked the management boards of export processing and industrial zones, the Saigon Hi-tech Park, Quang Trung Software City, and the People’s Committees of districts and Thu Duc City to supervise the implementation of the periodic testing order and handle enterprises failing to follow the rule.

Currently, nearly 700 companies at 18 export processing zones, industrial parks and high-tech parks in Ho Chi Minh City have applied either the ‘three-on-the-spot’ or ‘one road, two places’ model to maintain operations and contribute to economic growth during the pandemic prevention time.

Enterprises and employees following the first mechanism must conduct production, have meals, and rest after work at the same place while those implementing the second scheme must arrange isolated production and accommodations at two separate locations, connected by a single transport route for workers to commute every day.

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