Arab American University received an approval from Ministry of Health to start using its laboratories for COVID-19 tests. Ms. May Alkaila- the Minister of Health wrote that this approval was based on the fact that the university has an efficient team to do the tests, and that this will contributes in controlling the infected cases. The minister ensured that the ministry will start transferring some of the cases to AAUP laboratories in case if the pandemic got any worse.
Prof. Ali Zeidan Abu Zuhri- the University President said that the accreditation from the Palestinian Ministry of Health for the AAUP laboratories in Ramallah to start doing the COVID-19 tests came after the ministry ensured that all the scientific developed medical devices are available, in addition to the efficient and professional team to deal with patients.
Prof. AbuZuhri added that the university is currently working on preparing a special facility that is fully provided with all the prevention and sterilization needs, in order to take sample from people while providing the highest levels of protection according to the international standards.
Noteworthy is that the research laboratories in AAUP with joint partnership with the Ministry of health started a new research project to study the genetic sequencing for COVID-19 between the Palestinian patients under supervision of academic staff from AAUP, students of the Master in Molecular Genetics and Genetic Toxicology and experts from the Ministry of Health.