Mobile teams will travel the country to test public schools


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Mobile teams – composed of nurses, technicians and administrators – will travel the country to test all public schools on the continent. In a first phase, the universe of tested people will be around 500 thousand people.

THE Public advances, this Saturday, that the Ministry of Health, together with the Ministry of Education and with a network of laboratories, will launch an operation that will test students, teachers and employees of the secondary of public schools in the continent.

In a first phase, about 500 thousand people will be tested. The Executive’s objective is to extend screening to all public schools of the country as mainland Portugal begins to suspect.

The mobile testing teams – which will be composed of nurses, technicians and administrative staff – are going to stay in a school by county and students and teachers will have to travel to the school to be tested.

Apparently, the model for carrying out the tests will be the one that is already on the ground with the Red Cross, which since late January has tested about 55 thousand people in schools on the continent. However, private laboratories will be called upon to collaborate in this project.

Gonçalo Órfão, who coordinates that organism’s testing program, explained to the Public that, in each municipality, an educational institution was selected by the regional education services where the tests are concentrated. “People go to this school to be tested,” he said.

Although the Red Cross does rapid antigen testing, whose result is known in less than 30 minutes, this should not be the type of analysis carried out by most private laboratories. Some of them indicated to the diary that they will do tests automated, that is, read by a machine in a central laboratory and communicated to health authorities within 24 hours.

The professionals of each school will be tested at least once and the repetition of the analyzes will depend on the incidence that is registered in your municipality. This means that only in the municipalities that register a cumulative incidence for 14 days more than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants must repeat the exams, every 14 days, until the value goes down.

After a first test, it is expected that the operation will be extended to all public schools in the country.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //