Da Nang’s Department of Health has granted a second private clinic permission to conduct COVID-19 tests using the real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technique.
The Thien Nhan Center for High-Tech Medical Diagnosis, based in Hai Chau District, got the approval on Sunday to do RT-PCR tests in collaboration with the Da Nang Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The municipal Department of Health tasked Thien Nhan Center with collecting samples from people in the city for coronavirus testing.
In case of a positive result, the center will transfer the sample to Da Nang CDC to perform confirmation testing as per the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.
Thien Nhan Center is the second private medical clinic that has been authorized to conduct COVID-19 tests in the central city, after Vinmec Da Nang International Hospital.
Thien Nhan Center director Ngo Duc Hai said the clinic is ready to conduct non-profit COVID-19 tests for Da Nang residents.
It will join the municipal medical system in efforts to provide more coronavirus tests with fast and accurate results against the backdrop of the ongoing complicated situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the coastal city, Hai said.
Da Nang now has up to seven health facilities that are qualified for conducting RT-PCR coronavirus testing, namely Da Nang CDC, 199 Hospital under the Ministry of Public Security, Da Nang Hospital, Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases, a COVID-19 testing lab at C17 Military Hospital under the Fifth Military Region High Command of the Ministry of National Defense, Vinmec Da Nang International Hospital, and Thien Nhan Center for High-Tech Medical Diagnosis.
Among them, Da Nang CDC is authorized to conduct conclusive tests while 199 Hospital can confirm tests with on-site support from the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally has numbered 964 cases, with 464 recoveries and 24 virus-related deaths as of Monday afternoon.
A total of 488 local infections have been documented since July 25, when the country’s first case of transmission in the community after 99 days was reported in Da Nang.
The central tourist hub has since become Vietnam’s largest outbreak epicenter, with 344 cases and 16 deaths reported so far.