Magen David Adom's drive-thru sampling facilities have been operating since the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis began throughout Israel.
Dan Gertler, Congo's Honorary Consul in Israel, contacted Magen David Adom, seeking advice and assistance in establishing similar facilities in Congo, as part of the country's fight against the coronavirus.
Magen David Adom accepted the request, assisted, and built a dedicated software for managing the drive-thru facility in the Congo. In addition, MDA members have prepared a training program incorporating videos and written procedures, which has been passed on to medical professionals who operate the facility in the state.
"During the long period in which we operated the many drive-thru sampling facilities, the technology we used proved itself, along with the effective and safe practices that enabled the safety of the suspected infected and the teams," said MDA Chief of Information Officer Ido Rosenblat, "from the moment they contacted us, we were ready to help during a difficult time to set up the drive-thru sampling facilities in Congo, and to share our knowledge."
Congo Minister of Health Dr. Eteni Longondo and Director General Mr. Sylvain Yuma Ramazani visited the "Drive and Test" facilities which opened at the end of May and expressed their gratitude to MDA for the cooperation on the project.
MDA Director General Eli Bin said, "The medical capabilities and technologies of Magen David Adom, along the methods we are developing, are among the most advanced in the world. In the light of the fight against coronavirus, we have gained extensive experience in obtaining thousands of samples a day, most efficiently and safely, and now we are happy to share knowledge with other medical entities around the world, for the sake of saving human lives."
Drive-thru sampling facility video: https://we.tl/t-grvHZVrMQi