On Monday, 07 July, South African coronavirus cases surpassed the 200,000 mark. As the virus heads towards its predicted peak, thousands of South Africans need to be screened, tested, and potentially quarantined…
Some will have to be hospitalised. In order to help ease the burden of screening and testing on public healthcare providers, a number of parties in the private healthcare industry have stepped up to offer services to members of the public who don’t have access to private healthcare.
FREE screening and referral available
Through the Momentum HelloDoctor service, South Africans can receive free screening and referral advice. Those who need to undergo coronavirus testing are then referred to Dischem which has launched a free Covid-19 testing service to all uncovered South Africans.
Other telehealth services, such as Doctors on Call, are also available for free screening and referral.
“Early in the crisis we offered Covid-19 screening to all South Africans, not only our clients, free of charge to provide them with access to information on Covid-19,” says Damian McHugh, Executive at Momentum Health Solutions. “Dischem’s offer is an extremely valuable initiative and we are proud to be able to provide patients with access to testing in a simple way that is safe.”
“We have increased our capacity on HelloDoctor to try and meet the demand we see, and it is important to note that we receive zero funding directly or indirectly for providing this service.”
Where and when is free screening and testing available?
According to McHugh, “This special Momentum HelloDoctor service for all South Africans is available between 9am and 3pm from Mondays to Fridays.”
However, he warns that due to the massive increase in demand, there may be times when the service is unavailable. “We ask that users remain patient as we manage an influx of requests.”
“Should the service be unavailable, the public can call other free services such as Doctors on Call or their nearest GP to get referred to Dischem.”
Prioritising the most vulnerable
“As the pandemic continues to evolve in South Africa, it is critical that we prioritise the most vulnerable in our society and provide testing services to those who would otherwise be unable to afford the tests,” says McHugh.
“The Momentum HelloDoctor platform will continue to offer guidance to all citizens who do not have a medical aid. Furthermore, Momentum Health Solutions clients and members can continue to enjoy the service for all other health-related advice.”
“We are committed to working together to curb the spread of Covid-19 and to bring more health to more South Africans for less.”
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