Self-test kit good for early detection

The Covid-19 self-test kit.

MUKAH: The Covid-19 self-test kit is a good guide and helps us to detect the virus earlier before the situation becomes worse.

It is therefore, advisable to take precaution and take a self-test, especially if an individual has familiar symptoms of the virus.

Moreover, the cost of taking a self-test is reasonably within reach now as the price had been reduced from over RM30 per unit to the gazetted rate of RM19.90 each.

Furthermore, there are ready supplies of Covid-19 self-test kits at all pharmacies here now.

Pharmacist Sia Yiik Ung suggested that it would be better to take a self-test first if an individual experienced certain symptoms which resembled Covid-19.

She said the accuracy of the result from the self-test kit was 99.9 percent correct, and if positive, then the individual has to do something about it.

“If it’s negative, then it would be alright. But if the individual is not satisfied with the result, it would be up to the individual to take further action,” she said.

Meanwhile, a woman who preferred to remain anonymous said the good thing about the self-test kit was that it would help an individual to detect earlier whether he or she was positive or negative.

However, she said one thing which was questionable about the self-test was whether the result would be reported or updated within the MySejahtera system.

Another woman, who is part of the Covid-19 immunisation centre (PPV) team here, lauded the self-test kit.

“The self-test kit is good,” she said without elaborating further.

A former community leader also concurred with her, saying that if it really could help the people, then proper attention could be given to it.

“However, the price need to be reasonable,” he said.