Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong introduced on May 31 that do-it-yourself (DIY) Covid-19 test kits will quickly be accessible for buy at Watsons, Guardian and Unity pharmacies in Singapore.
Unlike nasal and throat swabs, the DIY test equipment doesn’t require help from swabbers or medical professionals, and Singaporeans can administer the test themselves at house.
Following his announcement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) introduced right now (June 10) that 4 manufacturers of Covid-19 antigen speedy test (ART) kits for self-testing will be sold by pharmacists from June 16.
They embody Abbott PanBio COVID-19 Antigen Self-test, QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test, SD Biosensor SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Self-Test Nasal, and SD Biosensor Standard Q COVID-19 Ag Home Test.
These self-test kits have obtained interim authorisation from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) to be sold to most of the people.
According to MOH, these test kits are easy to use and might be self-administered.
“From next week, June 16, these kits will be dispensed by pharmacists at selected retail pharmacies. We will then open up for counter sales at more retail locations progressively,” mentioned Health Minister Ong Ye Kung at a multi-ministry job pressure press convention.
Sales will initially be restricted to 10 ART kits per person to be sure that there are “adequate supplies for all”, added the Health Ministry’s director of medical providers Kenneth Mak.
However, as extra provides are made accessible for retail sales, authorities will “eventually allow test kits to be freely purchased”, he mentioned.
Mak additional added that the self-test kits “complement” Singapore’s general surveillance technique.
“These fast and easy to use tests allow us to detect infected cases more quickly, in particular among individuals who do not have acute respiratory infection symptoms, but are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19,” he mentioned.
What occurs in case you have a destructive end result?
These self-testing kits can produce ends in lower than 20 minutes.
Those who’ve a optimistic end result on these self-test kits ought to instantly method a Swab and Send Home Public Health Preparedness Clinic (SASH PHPC) for a confirmatory polymerase chain response (PCR) test.
They are then required to self-isolate till they obtain a destructive PCR test end result.
Meanwhile, those that test destructive on their self-test ART ought to proceed to keep vigilant and cling to prevailing secure administration measures.
“Individuals who have ARI symptoms should continue to visit a doctor for a full diagnosis and PCR test instead of relying on an ART self-test kit,” the ministry mentioned.
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