From left, the mayor of Záhorská Bystrica Jozef Krúpa, the mayor of Bratislava Matúš Vallo, the mayor of Ružinov Martin Chren and the mayor of Dúbravka Martin Zaťovič during a briefing with journalists on the topic: “Procedure for improving testing possibilities in Bratislava” on January 8, 2021 in Bratislava
Bratislava is ready for comprehensive testing, if it is agreed with the government and sufficient tests or medical staff are provided.
The City Hall and the Bratislava city districts are currently calling for the establishment of another 20 to 25 mobile collection points (MOM) in Bratislava, where people can be tested. They want to make antigen testing much more accessible to humans, do not have to wait in long lines, and can be tested on weekends. MOM also wants to use Bratislava when children return to school. This was announced on Friday by the mayor of Bratislava Matúš Vallo.
“Until 70-80 percent of Bratislava’s population is vaccinated against Covid-19, which will take several more months, the availability of testing will be important. It means simplifying the opportunity to be tested and made into a routine, “said Vallo.
The municipality and city districts are therefore trying to launch more supply points in Bratislava. They consider testing to be one of the tools that can keep a pandemic within a normal framework. “We need to remove any barrier that exists between testing and the population. Testing should be simple, which is not expected in a row, and with a simple click, you can order it, “remarked the mayor, adding that it should be possible to test on weekends as well.
There are currently 19 MOMs operating in the capital. In addition, according to representatives of the Bratislava self-government, another 20 to 25 places are needed so that at least 100,000 people can be tested in a week. According to Val, MOMs could also be used to test parents, pupils or teachers before schools open or to test local government employees.
Therefore, Bratislava turned to the Ministry of Health to launch a call for the establishment of additional MOMs as soon as possible and to change some conditions at the same time. “For example, so that one entity can operate more than one MOM. In the original call, one company could only operate one MOM, “the mayor specified.
The city also demands that medics be able to test even without the presence of medical staff and that they can be tested at MOM on weekends. Together with the regional public health office, the local government is already preparing possible premises, which it wants to offer free of charge to the founders of new MOMs.
The mayor of Bratislava’s Záhorská Bystrica and the head of the regional association of Bratislava city districts, Jozef Krúpa, declares that the city and city districts are ready to cooperate in the comprehensive testing of people for Covid-19, whether it is only local Bratislava or all-Slovak.
However, as they claim, it is necessary to clarify what will follow the testing. Vallo argues that an agreement with the government is needed in the case of area testing. “Area testing makes sense if, after a few weeks, we don’t get to the same state as before. This therefore requires further measures to reduce mobility, and these municipalities are not completely in their hands and we cannot fully rely on them, “he said.
Representatives of the city and city districts perceive the epidemiological situation in Bratislava as serious.
The mayor of Bratislava’s Ružinov, Martin Chren, pointed out the data according to which the capital is heading for a critical situation, such as is currently in Nitra. “We would like to go to comprehensive testing, but this can only be done in cooperation with the government, given the provision of a number of tests, medical staff or funding,” he said.
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