RTK-AG tests normally costs between RM150 to RM180.
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Selangor residents will have access to discount Covid-19 test kits for only RM70.
Bukit Gasing Assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran announced that affordable Rapid Test Kits-Antigen (RTK-AG) screenings will be made available to the general public at two participating private clinics in the Klang Valley.
The ongoing program will also be open to all Malaysian citizens from outside Selangor.
Those who wish to get themselves tested may set an appointment with the participating panel clinics, located somewhere in Petaling Jaya, by contacting the programs designated hotlines.
The location of the clinic will be revealed only after registrations have been made through the hotline to avoid overcrowding the participating facilities.
Appointments can be made by sending one’s MyKad identification number and contact details to 0163064104 via the WhatsApp messaging mobile application or calling 0163064104 for details.
The DAP politician said that the RTK-AG screenings are conducted according to Health Ministry (MOH) standards and performed by trained medical physicians.
The program aims to make Covid-19 testing widely available to the general public and especially those with financial constraints with inexpensive screening options besides those provided by MOH and other private healthcare facilities – that can cost between RM150 to RM180 per-test.
We understand that even MOH has its limitations when it comes to testing, especially since their primary focus is on close contact and the clusters. However, we have also heard of people who may have had casual contact are not tested as they are not deemed close contact. Even those who present symptoms of Covid-19 but did not have close contact were turned away from government hospitals because they did not meet the criteria for testing.Bukit Gasing Assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran
Rajiv also shares the opinion that the Federal government should work harder to make Covid-19 screenings more available and affordable to the public.
Based on the negotiations I’ve had with the supplier of the test kit, I do know that it is possible to do RTK-AG testing nationwide at RM70 for everyone, without subsidy, if the government chooses to embark on it. We also know that the pricing can come down even further if these test kits are purchased in a larger volume.”Bukit Gasing Assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran
Previously, Rajiv’s initiative had managed to provide residents in Bukit Gasing discounted RTK-AG tests at only RM60.
The program has been further extended to allow low-income (B40) residents and those receiving aid via the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) scheme to get tested for only RM30.
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