Covid 19: Self-Test Kits In Malaysia & How They Work
What to know about the five Covid-19 rapid antigen kits recently approved by the Ministry of Health's Medical Device Authority for self-screening at home
In July 2021, several Covid-19 self test kits were given conditional approval for import and distribution by the Malaysian health ministry, starting with the Salixium Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test by in vitro diagnostics rapid test kits producer Reszon Diagnostic International Sdn Bhd Malaysia, and the Gmate Covid-19 Rapid Test by Philosys Co Ltd in South Korea, both priced at RM39.90 and sold at registered community pharmacies and health facilities.
In a Facebook post on July 20, Malaysia's Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham remarked that these self-test kits are not meant to replace the RT-PCR tests but rather enable the public to conduct self-screenings in order to find out the status of their Covid-19 infection immediately.
Read on to find out more on how both rapid antigen test kits work and what to do following a Covid-19 positive result.
Salixium Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test
A combined nasal and saliva swab test that's less invasive than an RT-PCR test, the Salixium Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test reveals results in approximately 15 minutes. Each kit contains disposable swabs for a single test, a waste bag for safe disposal and an extraction buffer tube in which the nasal and saliva swabs must be placed after samples have been collected.
The kit also comes with a unique QR code supported by the Salixium and MySejahtera apps for reporting results and test tracing. As per the requirement by the Ministry of Health, the results of this rapid antigen test must be recorded via MySejahtera. This test is 91 per cent accurate at generating a positive result (91 per cent sensitivity rate) and 100 per cent accurate at generating a negative result (a 100 per cent specificity rate). The Salixium Covid-19 rapid test has a shelf life of about 18 months. It can be purchased online at MedCart or DoctorOnCall.
Gmate Saliva Antigen Test Kit For Home Use
The GMate Covid-19 Ag test should be applied within five days of the onset of symptoms. This saliva swab test contains a sterilised swab, a buffer container and a test device. It takes around 15 minutes for the results to show up on the test device as either positive, negative or invalid. Tests that show up as invalid must be repeated with a new test kit. The GMate Covid-19 test is available on DoctorOnCall, Big Pharmacy, AA Pharmacy and Caring Pharmacy.
More: How To Get An RT-PCR Covid-19 Test At Home In Selangor & KL
Beright Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device
This single-use test kit tests for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 through saliva samples, revealing results in approximately 15 minutes. It has a sensitivity rate of 93.1 per cent and a specificity rate of 100 per cent.
The kit includes a test device, a collection device, a buffer, package insert and a biosafety bag for safe disposal. The kit’s QR code generates a result certificate linked with GPnow telehealth services. Beright Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device is available online at MultiCare Pharmacy and Sunway Pharmacy.
ALLTest Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test
This self-test kit was manufactured by Hangzhou AllTest Biotech in China, the same producer behind the Beright Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device and another self test kit recently given conditional approval in Malaysia: the JusChek Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test. Not much is known about the JusCheck Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test apart from the fact that it is distributed in Malaysia by Neopharma Biotech Asia Sdn Bhd.
The ALLTest Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test works in the same way as the other saliva test kits described here, offering a sensitivity rate of 91.38 per cent and a specificity rate of 100 per cent. For more information on this antigen rapid test kit, click here.
According to guidelines from the Ministry of Health, individuals who test positive on their self-test kits are required to visit a Covid-19 Assessment Centre or a health clinic immediately bringing their test results along, even if they show no symptoms. Individuals who test negative but experience Covid-19 symptoms should visit a health clinic for further action.
If you come into close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case, you are required to undergo a self-quarantine period at home for 10 days.
Stay home, stay safe and check your MySejahtera App regularly. Follow the Ministry of Health on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
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