The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) President, Prof Dr. Subramaniam Muniandy said that the demand and commercialisation for Covid-19 swab tests might lead to unnecessary and unsafe illegal and widespread screening services for Covid-19.
“It is important that the public exercise due diligence by checking if the Covid-19 screening provider is trained to perform the swab tests and is a registered healthcare professional with the Malaysian Medical Council, ” he said in a statement on Thursday (12th November)
He specified that the RTK antigen or RT-PCR swab tests must be conducted under stringent infectious disease control protocols in complete accordance with the guidelines from the Ministry of Health (MoH).
“A proper sample must also be collected from the swab test to ensure an accurate result. If done wrongly, there could be a risk of a false-negative result,” he added.
Dr. Subramaniam voiced support on the directive by Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah on 8th November that Covid-19 screenings by the private sector can only be conducted at a private medical clinic, an ambulatory care health clinic or a private hospital.
He said that entities promoting the Covid-19 screening services must also be registered with the health departments and that their ads must also be licensed by the health officials.
“On-site screening can only be provided by hospitals licensed with the Ministry of Health and all medical facilities conducting the swab tests are also expected to self-report that the tests will be carried out in strict compliance in accordance with the MOH recommendations for the Covid-19 swab tests,” he added.
At length, MMA has also insisted the authorities to impose stricter enforcement to verify the legality of those delivering Covid-19 screenings in order to prevent putting people’s health at risk.
Remember, as the saying goes, ‘it’s better to be safe than sorry’. Your health is indeed your wealth. With that, do the right screenings should you have any symptoms or come from any Covid-19 red zone areas.
Source: The Star