Yesterday (12 August), the Selangor Menteri Besar (MB), Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari had announced that the state government will be distributing 60,000 Covid-19 Saliva Test kits to the residents of Selangor starting September.
Amirudin took the announcement to Facebook and said that they will be targeting those families who are suspected to be infected by Covid-19 or the high risk group, consisting of senior citizens, pregnant ladies or comorbid persons.
According to Oriental Daily, Amirudin in a press conference said that the state government have obtained the relevant information through the Selangor Health Bureau and these test kits will be delivered to those families.
“These test kits will help those individuals who are being suspected to be infected by Covid-19 to conduct regular self-test, and if tested positive, they should quarantine themselves immediately at home.”
In addition, Amirudin said that this is consistent with the ‘find-trace-test-isolate-support system’ (FTTIS) framework launched by the state government. Meanwhile, he plans to increase the vaccination rate in Selangor too.
“We will announce more details by September, including how to distribute these Covid-19 test kits to the target group.”
He added that the District Health Office and Selcare clinics across Selangor will compile the data of Covid-19 patients in the state and will identify the eligible families for the Covid-19 test kits.
The Covid-19 test kit is designed to make the testing for Covid-19 more convenient at home, by simply collecting saliva samples only.
Amirudin added that if the individual is tested positive, they should notify the Ministry of Health (MOH) through the MySejahtera app and quarantine themselves at home, while waiting for the instructions from MOH.
On the other hand, if you are looking for Covid-19 test kits, the Medical Device Authority (MDA) has only approved the sale of 8 Covid-19 test kits and they are as follows:
- Salixium-COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Rapid Test (Saliva/ Nasal Swab Samples)
- Gmate® COVID-19 Ag Saliva for Home Use
- BERIGHT-COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device (Oral Fluid)
- ALLTest COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (Oral Fluid)
- JusChek COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (Oral Fluid)
- Longsee 2019-nCoV Ag & Influenza A/B Rapid Co-Detection Kit (Immunochromatography_ – Home based Use)
- Sichuan Xincheng SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Assay
- Flowflex™ SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test (Self-testing)
Be mindful to only purchase these approved products to avoid the fake ones out there.
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Watch the full press conference here: