SARAWAK and Sabah will be the first batch to receive 50,000 antigen rapid test kits from South Korea and expected to arrive in Malaysia this coming Friday (May 1).
Health Director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, once ready, the Health Ministry will send the kits to Sarawak and Sabah to help boost on COVID-19 testing.
He explained that priority given to the two states due to its challenging logistics.
“For example, in Sarawak, there are only four hospitals and labs with the capability to conduct COVID-19 testings, namely the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching, Miri Hospital, Bintulu Hospital and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).
“We can place the rapid test kits at other hospitals and clinics.
“The advantage of these rapid test kits is that testing can be done at point of care and results will be produced quickly, so there is no need to send the samples to labs elsewhere,” said Dr Hisham in a daily press briefing on COVID-19.