By Zareef Muzammil
KUALA SELANGOR, June 6 — Individuals who are suspected to be Covid-19 positive through the antigen rapid test kit (RTK-Ag) screening are advised not to panic and immediately isolate themselves to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
Selangor Task Force Operation (STFO) director Dr Mohammad Farhan Rusli advised them to wait patiently for a call from the nearest district health office (PKD) before being tested with Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) to reconfirm their infection status.
“Many who got the result ‘suspected positive’ in the RTK-Ag screening wondered if the status is valid or not. I would like to explain that they should do RT-PCR in PKD in accordance with the circular issued by the Health Ministry (MOH).
“However, while waiting for further action, these individuals need to consider themselves ‘positive’ and stay at home, practice personal hygiene as well as the new norms,” he said at the free Covid-19 community screening in MDKS Hall on Bandar Baru Kuala Selangor here today, that targets residents around the Bukit Melawati state constituency.
The screenings programme that started from 9am to 4pm was also conducted simultaneously at the Kampung Bukit Badong Public Hall which benefited the community in the Ijok state constituency.
Meanwhile, Dr Mohammad Farhan said the screenings programme at both locations received more than 800 early registration entries through the SELangkah app.
“The response is very good because it is a rural area and proves the public’s awareness on the importance of screening, although we are not able to reach the number of participants as in the urban areas.
“Compared to the previous programme in the same area, only 100 individuals were screened within eight hours. We believe this is an improvement made by the community service centre office as well as the land and district office which makes continuous announcements,” he said.
As of yesterday, a total of 3,211 individuals suspected to be Covid-19 positive were detected out of 90,363 samples taken through community screenings conducted in 46 state constituencies.