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Here's A List Of Places To Take A COVID-19 Test In Sabah

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Cheng Sim •  Oct 15, 2020

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[Updated on 1 June 2021] Malaysians are going through some tough times during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we're doing our part to stay at home and practice social distancing, you might be wondering where to take a COVID-19 test in Sabah? If you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or planning to take a COVID-19 test for work or travel purposes, here's where you should go.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that has been declared as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (Ministry of Health Malaysia), these are the common symptoms of COVID-19. Common symptoms
  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Tiredness
Other symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
Can I visit any hospital if I'm showing symptoms of COVID-19? 
According to Malay Mail, you need to be classified as a case before you can take a COVID-19 test in a screening hospital in Sabah. You need to fulfil the following criteria:
  • Sporadic case: A patient who tested positive for COVID-19 but has not travelled to any foreign country nor in close contact with a COVID-19 patient within 14 days before the start of the illness.
  • PUI (Patient Under Investigation): A patient with an acute respiratory infection (shortness of breath, cough or sore throat) with or without fever. This patient also travelled to a foreign country, in close contact with a COVID-19 patient or attended an event associated with a known COVID-19 outbreak within 14 days before the start of the illness
  • Contact: A patient who is a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 patient
If you're not classified as a 'case' but would like to undergo a COVID-19 screening for work, travel or other purposes, we've also listed some options for you.
Where can I take a COVID-19 test in Sabah?
A) If you're classified as a 'case' and need to undergo a COVID-19 screening
Credit: Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia on Facebook In February 2020, the Ministry of Health Malaysia released a list of designated hospitals that are tasked for COVID-19 screenings and managing patients with COVID-19. If you're living outside of Sabah, you can refer to the full list here. Do note that you need to be classified as a 'case' (a sporadic case, PUI or contact) before visiting the following hospitals. Screening hospitals in Sabah
  • Hospital Queen Elizabeth I, Kota Kinabalu
  • Hospital Duchess of Kent, Sandakan
  • Hospital Tawau
  • Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-Kanak, Likas
  • Hospital Lahad Datu
  • Hospital Keningau
Admitting hospitals in Sabah (for PUI and confirmed COVID-19 cases)
  • Hospital Queen Elizabeth I, Kota Kinabalu
  • Hospital Duchess of Kent, Sandakan
  • Hospital Tawau
  • Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-Kanak, Likas
  • Hospital Lahad Datu
  • Hospital Keningau
B) If you're not classified as a 'case' but want to undergo a COVID-19 screening
If you're not showing any symptoms of COVID-19 but are required to take a COVID-19 test in Sabah for work, travel and other purposes, you can reach out to the private medical providers. On 28 May 2021, the Ministry of Health Malaysia released a list of private clinics and hospitals that are authorised to perform COVID-19 screenings. If you're living outside of Sabah, click here for a full list of registered clinics and private hospitals for COVID-19 tests in Malaysia. Note: The following list was last updated on 28 May 2021 by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Since the list is updated from time to time, we recommend checkingtheir websitein advance before your visit. Private clinics for COVID-19 tests in Sabah
  • Family Care Clinic Dr Mathan Mohan Rao, Palm Square Commercial Centre
  • Permai Polyclinics, Lorong Pusat Komersil 88/2
  • Medisinar Klinik & Surgeri (Tuaran) S/B, Jalan Teo Teck Ong
  • Klinik Dr. Kelvin, Prima Square
  • Klinik Dr. Davy Hong, Inanam Plaza
  • Permai Poliklinik Papar, Papar Century Plaza
  • Medisinar Klinik & Surgeri, Polytechnic Commercial Centre
  • Medisinar Klinik & Surgeri Sdn Bhd, Api-Api Centre
  • Klinik Tuaran, Berungis Commercial Centre
  • Klinik C G Goh, Wisma AIA
  • Klinik Malaysia Likas, Jalan Tuaran
  • Permai Polyclinic, Bandaran Berjaya
  • Raphah Medical Clinic & Surgery, Lorong LD Square 1
  • Klinik Rajang, Wisma Telipok Ria Phase 2
  • Poliklinik UMS, Riverside Plaza
  • Medisinar Klinik & Surgeri, Taman Pantai Lok Kawi
  • Medisinar Klinik & Surgeri Kota Marudu, Cosmo Point
  • BP Diagnostik Centre Sdn Bhd, Damai Plaza
  • BP Diagnostic, Tacoln Commercial Complex
  • Permai Polyclinics, Taman Megah Jaya
  • Klinik Gayana, Le Meredian Kota Kinabalu
  • Permai Polyclinics Lahad Datu, Bangunan Heung Moi
  • Klinik Ung Cenderawasih Sahabat 7, Commercial Center
  • I-Borneo Klinik & Surgeri, Darvel Bay Commercial Centre
  • Poliklinik TMC Sdn Bhd, Juta Commercial Centre
  • Klinik KM Kepayan Perdana, Jalan Lintas Kepayan Commercial Centre
  • Poliklinik TMC Sdn Bhd, Newtownship Tenom
  • Klinik Mabello (Paris), Permis Perniagaan
  • Klinik Mabello Telupid, Bandar Telupid Jaya
  • Klinik Mabello Genevieve, Dewan Perniagaan Cina
  • Klinik Mabello Sri Balung, Taman Sawit Balung
  • Klinik Mabello Jeroco, Wisma Teo
  • Klinik Malaysia (Cawangan Jalan Lintas), Bunga Raja Shopping Complex
  • Klinik Mabello Gum Gum, Gum Gum Shophouse
  • Klinik Mabello (Batu Puteh), Simpang Tung Hup
  • Click here for a full list of registered private clinics for COVID-19 in Sabah.
Private hospitals for COVID-19 tests in Sabah
  • Tawau Specialist Hospital, Jalan Abaca
  • KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital, Jalan Damai
  • Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu, Lorong Riverson @ Sembulan
  • Jesselton Medical Centre Sdn BHD, Jalan Bunga Ulam Raja
  • Tawau Specialist Medical Centre Sabah Sdn Bhd, Tinagat Plaza
  • Rafflesia Medical Centre Sdn Bhd, Millenium Commercial Centre
  • Utama Medical Centre, Utama Place
C) If you're not classified as a 'case' but looking for a drive-thru COVID-19 screening service
Credit: Tawau Specialist Hospital on Facebook In efforts to ease the burden on government healthcare front liners during the pandemic, there are a few drive-thru screenings established in Sabah. Besides minimising close contact, it's also a safer and convenient option for anyone who is not a fan of long queues and waiting. Things to know about drive-thru COVID-19 screening services
  • You must book an appointment with your selected drive-thru COVID-19 screening service before your visit
  • Most of these drive-thru services use real-time RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) that has been approved by the government. It can detect the coronavirus' RNA via a swab test.
  • Depending on the volume of patients, the results will be available within 3-5 working days
  • The average price for drive-thru COVID-19 screening is between RM388 and RM450 per person
Do note that some drive-thru COVID-19 screening services that were established early this year have been discontinued. We'll do our best to update this list from time to time, but we also recommend contacting the following hospitals in advance before your visit. Drive-thru COVID-19 screening services in Sabah While we're doing our part by staying at home and practising social distancing, we hope this list of places to take COVID-19 tests in Sabah will be helpful to those who need them. For more ways to stay safe during the pandemic, check out our recommended reads below.