PETALING JAYA (Nov 6): Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran yesterday announced his office will be subsidise the cost of Covid-19 testing for the residents of his ward.

“Looking at the number of cases increasing on a daily basis, we feel a need to take proactive measures to curb the spread of the virus.

“By subsidising the cost of testing, we would be able to test more people with symptoms which leads to early detection, and provide peace of mind to our residents,” said Rajiv.

“The type of test we are doing is the Antigen Rapid Test which will detect the presence of the virus, especially in the early stages. This is the same test kits that are being used by the Ministry of Health - to date MOH has deployed around 1.1 million of these Antigen Rapid Test kits to government hospitals all over Malaysia, including Sabah.

“While PCR testing remains the gold standard in testing, it is lab extensive and thus takes time and is expensive,” he explained.

“In order to expand towards mass testing and to catch infections earlier on, the right strategy would be to do Antigen Rapid Tests, which can provide results within half an hour. If done correctly by trained and certified healthcare professionals, the test can be 94% accurate as verified by the World Health Organisation (WHO),” Rajiv clarified

 “The subsidised cost of the Covid-19 test is RM60 per test. Normally, the test would cost between RM150 to RM180 per test. The subsidy is available to all Bukit Gasing residents and Bukit Gasing voters.

“To register, send a photo of your IC via WhatsApp to 016 306 4104. Testing will be done by appointment only and details of your appointment will be shared upon successful registration,” added Rajiv.

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