More info about Covid-19 test kits needed, says MMA

The Malaysian Medical Association says the public has a right to know the effectiveness of the various test kits for Covid-19 that have been approved for use.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association today expressed its concern over the lack of transparency in the approval process of the various Covid-19 rapid test kits.

Urging the health ministry to instruct the Medical Device Authority to publish a list of approved test kits, MMA president Dr N Ganabaskaran said that the public has a right to know the effectiveness of the various test kits that have been approved for use.

MDA’s website has a search function which enables interested parties to search for registration of medical devices under the Medical Device Act 2012.

“Without the published list and lack of transparency, there is no control over the use of the various kits and there is no verification process,” he said.

“Our numerous meetings and requests in the best interest of public health and safety in the fight against Covid-19 seem to have fallen on deaf ears,” he added.

Dr N Ganabaskaran

Ganabaskaran noted that on June 25, the special Cabinet anti-corruption committee had agreed in principle with the recommendation of the Malaysia Productivity Corporation for all permit-issuing ministries and agencies to provide guidelines for licence applications that must be published online.

He stressed that while Malaysia has been able to successfully flatten the Covid-19 infection curve, constant testing is important to keep the number of infections low and prevent more clusters.

“So far, we have been fortunate that cases in the country have not risen exponentially – but we should not wait for that to happen,” he said.

“Any compromises in the quality of care can result in a surge right under our noses when we least expect it.”

The country has recorded 8,718 cases so far. A total of 77 patients are still receiving treatment while the death toll remains at 122.

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