Aster and Roche to deliver rapid COVID-19 tests across Gulf

The partnership will include COVID-19 testing across Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Oman

  
Close-up of doctors hands holding Covid-19 vaccine and syringe. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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DUBAI: Aster DM Healthcare has struck an initial agreement with Roche Diagnostics to provide rapid testing services across its network of hospitals and clinics in the Gulf.


The partnership will include COVID-19 testing across Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Oman, the Dubai-based health group said in a statement on Monday.

“This is a part of our core strategy to introduce smart systems that encourage early and accurate detection that can facilitate timely medical intervention essential to prevent unwanted disease outcomes,” said Alisha Moopen, deputy managing director at Aster DM Healthcare.

The pandemic has spurred demand for laboratory diagnostics worldwide with hospitals and private operators spending heavily to boost their capacity.

The Aster laboratory consolidation project is part of the company’s push to deliver rapid testing capacity across its regional network of 13 hospitals and 106 clinics and laboratories.

“Through the use of Roche’s latest diagnostic solutions, Aster DM Healthcare’s facilities will be able to enhance capacity to test for multiple diseases by taking minimal samples from patients,” Aster said.

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