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Here are the 6 Covid-19 self-test kits approved in Malaysia & where to buy them

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has recently approved COVID-19 self-test kits for import and distribution in Malaysia

The COVID-19 self-test kits are also known as Antigen Rapid Test Kits (RTK-Ag) that simply require a nasal swab or saliva sample, and can give you results within 15 to 20 minutes.

In their guidelines, the MOH reminds individuals that the COVID-19 self-test kits are screening tools, used for the advantage of quick and easy detection for the public at home.

They do not replace the gold-standard, diagnostic RT-PCR tests to confirm your COVID-19 status.

As of 29 July, the Medical Device Authority (MDA) has approved six self-test kits from different companies to support detection of the coronavirus in the community.

As there may be a variety in the market, the ministry is reminding consumers to ensure that the kits they buy are MDA-approved

The COVID-19 self-test kits can be used by:
– Individuals who want to screen themselves for their COVID-19 status,
– Individuals who have had contact with COVID-19 cases, or
– Other screening opportunities, including at international entry points, interstate and pre-employment screening, as well as pre-admission to higher institutions.

You can get the COVID-19 self-test kits:
– By purchasing them at authorised pharmacies and private health facilities, or
– As supplied at any MOH health facility as per their requirements.

MySejahtera has also added a new ‘COVID-19 Self Test’ section that allows you to update your test result, purchase kits online, and read more information about them.

The recommended retail price for these tests is RM39.90.

Image via MySejahtera

Here are the approved RTK-Ag tests you can use at home:

1. Salixium COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kit

Sample: Saliva and nasal swab

Company: Reszon Diagnostics International

Manufacturer: Reszon Diagnostics International, Selangor, Malaysia

Accuracy: Sensitivity 91%, specificity 100%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

Available at: Authorised pharmacies and health facilities (We found them online at Multicare PharmacyHealth Lane Family PharmacyPharma2u, and DoctorOnCall).


2. Gmate COVID-19 Saliva Ag for Home Use

Image from Philosys
Image via Philosys

Sample: Saliva

Company: Citymedic

Manufacturer: Philosys, Korea

Accuracy: Sensitivity 91%, specificity 98%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

Available at: Authorised pharmacies and health facilities (We found them online at WatsonsGuardianCaringAA PharmacyMulticare PharmacyHealth Lane Family PharmacyAlpro PharmacyPharma2u, and DoctorOnCall).


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Here Are The 6 COVID-19 Self-Test Kits Approved In Malaysia & Where To Buy Them

They can give you results within 15 to 20 minutes.

By May Vin Ang — 30 Jul 2021, 05:31 PM

Cover image via Shafwan Zaidon/Malay Mail & AFP/The Straits Times

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has recently approved COVID-19 self-test kits for import and distribution in Malaysia

The COVID-19 self-test kits are also known as Antigen Rapid Test Kits (RTK-Ag) that simply require a nasal swab or saliva sample, and can give you results within 15 to 20 minutes.

In their guidelines, the MOH reminds individuals that the COVID-19 self-test kits are screening tools, used for the advantage of quick and easy detection for the public at home.

They do not replace the gold-standard, diagnostic RT-PCR tests to confirm your COVID-19 status.

As of 29 July, the Medical Device Authority (MDA) has approved six self-test kits from different companies to support detection of the coronavirus in the community.

Image from Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Image via Ruhr-Universität Bochum

As there may be a variety in the market, the ministry is reminding consumers to ensure that the kits they buy are MDA-approved

The COVID-19 self-test kits can be used by:
– Individuals who want to screen themselves for their COVID-19 status,
– Individuals who have had contact with COVID-19 cases, or
– Other screening opportunities, including at international entry points, interstate and pre-employment screening, as well as pre-admission to higher institutions.

You can get the COVID-19 self-test kits:
– By purchasing them at authorised pharmacies and private health facilities, or
– As supplied at any MOH health facility as per their requirements.

MySejahtera has also added a new ‘COVID-19 Self Test’ section that allows you to update your test result, purchase kits online, and read more information about them.

The recommended retail price for these tests is RM39.90.

Image from MySejahtera

Image via MySejahtera

Here are the approved RTK-Ag tests you can use at home:

1. Salixium COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kit

Image from Reszon Diagnostics International

Image via Reszon Diagnostics International

Sample: Saliva and nasal swab

Company: Reszon Diagnostics International

Manufacturer: Reszon Diagnostics International, Selangor, Malaysia

Accuracy: Sensitivity 91%, specificity 100%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

Available at: Authorised pharmacies and health facilities (We found them online at Multicare PharmacyHealth Lane Family PharmacyPharma2u, and DoctorOnCall).

2. Gmate COVID-19 Saliva Ag for Home Use

Image from Philosys

Image via Philosys

Sample: Saliva

Company: Citymedic

Manufacturer: Philosys, Korea

Accuracy: Sensitivity 91%, specificity 98%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

Available at: Authorised pharmacies and health facilities (We found them online at WatsonsGuardianCaringAA PharmacyMulticare PharmacyHealth Lane Family PharmacyAlpro PharmacyPharma2u, and DoctorOnCall).

3. BeRight COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

Image from Medinics
Image via Medinics

Sample: Saliva

Company: Medinics

Manufacturer: Hangzhou AllTest Biotech, China

Accuracy: Sensitivity 90%, specificity 99%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

Available at: Authorised pharmacies and health facilities (We found them online at Multicare Pharmacy and Big Pharmacy).


4. AllTest COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

Image from Global Science
Image via Global Science

Sample: Saliva

Company: Global Science

Manufacturer: Hangzhou AllTest Biotech, China

Accuracy: Sensitivity 90%, specificity 99%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

Available at: Authorised pharmacies and health facilities.


5. JusChek COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

Image from Pharma2u
Image via Pharma2u

Sample: Saliva

Company: Neopharma Biotech Asia

Manufacturer: Hangzhou AllTest Biotech, China

Accuracy: Sensitivity 90%, specificity 99%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

Available at: Authorised pharmacies and health facilities (We found them online at Pharma2u).


6. Longsee 2019-nCoV Ag & Influenza A/B Rapid Co-Detection Kit

Image from Longsee
Image via Longsee

Sample: Saliva

Tests for: COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) and the common flu (Influenza A and B)

Company: Jingga Anggun

Manufacturer: Guangdong Longsee Biomedical, China

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

Available at: Authorised pharmacies and health facilities.


How to use the COVID-19 self-test kits

Although all the tests are similar, always read the individual product’s instructions before use.

Generally, this is how the procedure goes:
– Try not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes before doing the test.
– Sanitise or wash your hands before opening the kit.
– Take the saliva (deeply cough and spit into the test tube) or swab sample (swab the inside of your cheek or nostril and stir it in the test tube) as stated in the kit.
– Add reagent into the test tube to be mixed.
– Add two drops of that sample into the well of the cassette, then wait 15 minutes.
– Read the test results. There will be a control line (C) and a test line (T).

In fact, here’s a video tutorial to walk you through:

What to do after you’ve received your results

If you tested positive:
– You must report your positive result onMySejahtera (as mandated in the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342]).
– You are to present yourself to either a private health facility, COVID-19 assessment centre (CAC), or nearby public health clinic for assessment and further action (most likely a confirmatory PCR test). Be sure to wear a face mask when leaving the house and avoid public transport.

If you tested negative:
– You may report your negative result on MySejahtera.
– However, if you have symptoms, please head to a private health facility or public health clinic for an assessment.
– If you are a close contact of a COVID-19 case, you must still continue your compulsory quarantine period of 10 days.







Source: SAYS

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