Dubai launches Covid-19 test using saliva; tests reveal high diagnostic accuracy


The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has introduced saliva testing for Covid-19 for children in the age group of 3 to 16 years old to eliminate discomfort and encourage kids to be screened for the virus. 

According to a Gulf News report, the way of testing for Covid-19 was launched by the Mohammad bin Rashid University (MBRU) in partnership with the DHA.

The test, according to the report, has above 90 percent diagnostic accuracy. 

The saliva testing for Covid-19 has been rolled out yesterday, November 22, and is available at all DHA facilities and DHA-run Covid-19 screening centres. 

The price per saliva testing is only at AED150, the same as with a nasal swab test. 

Results will also be available within 24 hours. 

The study showed that saliva can be used for viral detection with 87.7 percent sensitivity and 98.5 percent specificity. 

“For children, in particular, it is highly beneficial as it eliminates the discomfort associated with a nasal swab test, which means children will be at ease and find the test comfortable,” Dr. Farida Al Khaja, CEO of DHA’s Clinical Support Services. 


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