The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has temporarily suspended the provision of providing Covid-19 PCR swabs for people travelling abroad.
Tweeting this on their social media platform, PHCC said that the private sector hospitals will offer all Covid-19 PCR swabs for those travelling abroad.
Generally, PHCC health centres and medical teams are at the forefront of National Covid-19 vaccination program, and staff will be working round-the-clock providing Covid-19 swabs for anybody showing symptoms of the virus.
This measure was taken to relieve pressure on these teams and help them in focusing on providing services for people with Covid-19 and for those being vaccinated.
"The decision has been made to temporarily transfer the provision of COVID-19 PCR swabs, for people travelling abroad, to private healthcare facilities. When the second wave is suppressed and pressure is eased on PHCC healthcare teams, this important service will resume at primary health centers," the PHCC said.