Many hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City are offering rapid COVID-19 testing services, while confirmatory tests can only be conducted at healthcare facilities authorized by the Ministry of Health.
Residents in the southern city are now required to test negative for the novel coronavirus if they wish to travel to other localities.
These residents can either register for a rapid antigen test or a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) one, which takes a longer time but provides a more accurate result.
The Ministry of Heath has set the price for rapid antigen testing at VND238,000 (US$10.3) and real-time RT-PCR testing at VND734,000 ($31).
The Ho Chi Minh City health department on Tuesday tasked all hospitals and medical centers administered by 21 districts and Thu Duc City with providing rapid COVID-19 screening services to meet rising demands from citizens.
Aside from these hospitals, people can also be tested at 175 Military Hospital in Go Vap District, as well as 7A Military Hospital, Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital, and the Quality Control Center for Medical Laboratory in District 5.
Three hospitals in Thu Duc City have also established testing sites at the headquarters of Thu Duc City Children’s House at 281 Vo Van Ngan Street, as well as its two branches at 200 Nguyen Duy Trinh Street and 2/2B Ho Thi Tu Street.
Several private clinics and hospitals also conduct rapid COVID-19 tests, including Medic Medical Center, FV Hospital, and Vinmec Central Park International Hospital among some others.
Those whose rapid COVID-19 tests return positive are promptly quarantined and required to undergo real-time RT-PCR tests for confirmatory results.
|Travelers from Ho Chi Minh City present their COVID-19 test results at a checkpoint in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Nhat Thinh / Tuoi Tre|
People who wish to register for real-time RT-PCR tests can visit the following venues, all of which have been licensed by the health ministry:
1. Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute
2. National Institute of Malariology - Parasitology - Entomology Ho Chi Minh City
3. Institute of Public Health Ho Chi Minh City
4. Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control
5. Cho Ray Hospital
6. Thong Nhat Hospital
7. University Medical Center Ho Chi Minh City
8. Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases
9. Children's Hospital 1
10. Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital
11. Ho Chi Minh City Children's Hospital
12. FV Hospital
13. Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital
14. 115 People's Hospital
15. Gia Dinh People's Hospital
16. Thu Duc City Hospital
17. Gia An 115 Hospital
18. District 2 Hospital
19. Binh Dan Hospital
20. Hung Vuong Hospital
21. Tam Anh General Hospital
22. University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach
23. Quality Control Center for Medical Laboratory
24. Vinmec Central Park International Hospital
25. Hoan My Saigon General Hospital
26. 175 Military Hospital
27. Regional Animal Health Office No.6
28. Southern Military Preventive Medicine Center
29. 7A Military Hospital
According to the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control, a negative COVID-19 test result is only valid at the time the test was conducted.
People are still at risk of contracting the virus if they fail to follow pandemic prevention and control regulations.
Vietnam had documented 24,810 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday morning, with 8,950 recoveries and 105 deaths, according to the health ministry.
The country has recorded 21,340 local infections in 57 provinces and cities since the fourth wave began on April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City is the country’s hardest-hit locality with 9,416 cases.