Dis-Chem recently announced that its stores will soon be offering free Covid-19 testing to South Africans in need.
Back in April, Dischem launched a few drive-through Covid-19 testing sites in shopping centre parking lots in Gauteng. It has now conducted 15,000 tests at 22 sites. Those tests cost R850.
Now, with a couple of partners including the Solidarity Fund, the retail giant is looking to offer those who are unemployed or without a medical aid gain access to the vital test at no cost at all.
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South Africa is currently facing a major backlog in testing – as a result, the Western Cape government has stopped testing people aged 55 or younger and those who have no known underlying conditions. If you or someone you know would like to be test tested, applications must be made via one of the following avenues:
- Call Doctors on Call helpline on 807 055 0234 (weekdays from 08:00 to 17:00)
- Call Momentum’s Hello Doctor service on 120394#
- Get a referral via the Discovery and Vodacom free Covid-19 consultations
- Get a referral from your family doctor (who may refer you via his or her Vula App)
- To qualify, applicants can’t be a member of a medical scheme nor be employed. Other criteria may include whether the person is a pensioner, disabled or orphaned
Dis-Chem will inform the patient via SMS with a voucher to redeem a test, as well as directions to the nearest Dis-Chem testing site.
According to Dis-Chem, the results should be available in three to five days.
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