First Malaysian made Covid-19 rapid antigen testing kit goes on sale for less than RM40.
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The first Malaysian made Covid-19 rapid antigen self-testing kit made by MeDKAD Sdn Bhd. will be available to the public starting Monday (18 July).
The Salixium Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to perform and the result is shown like bands on a pregnancy test.
The Medical Device Authority (MDA) said these self-test kits do not replace the real-time diagnostic function of the RT-PCR (reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction) test, reported The Star.
It checks for the presence or absence of the SARS-CoV-2 antigen. If a pink-purplish band means a positive result and an absence of a band means there are no SARS-CoV-2 antigens detected.
If the self-test kits give a positive result, then it must be a follow up with an RT-PCR test, added Amrahi Buang, the president of MDA.
MySejahtera also has a self-report function, under Helpdesk, in case of a positive result.
Senarai dua kit ujian kendiri COVID-19 yang telah mendapat Kelulusan Bersyarat untuk diimport dan diedarkan di Malaysia.— KKMalaysia🇲🇾 (@KKMPutrajaya) July 18, 2021
Kit ujian ini boleh dijual di farmasi komuniti berdaftar atau fasiliti kesihatan.
Senarai ini akan dikemas kini dari semasa ke semasa. pic.twitter.com/1nrv9UeM5d
Currently, Salixium Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test is available for RM39.90.
It is one of the Covid-19 self-test kits that has been given conditional approval for import and distribution in Malaysia. The other is the Gmate Covid-19 Ag Saliva for Home Use by Philosys Co Ltd, Korea.
Although we are just getting our first Malaysian made rapid antigen test, our neighbours to the South has it all figured out.
The Singapore Ministry Of Health has a relevant and easy to understand guide, FAQ, video that you could follow if you wish to take the rapid antigen test yourself.