Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong introduced on Might 31 that do-it-yourself (DIY) Covid-19 take a look at kits will quickly be out there for buy at Watsons, Guardian and Unity pharmacies in Singapore.
Not like nasal and throat swabs, the DIY take a look at equipment doesn’t require help from swabbers or medical professionals, and Singaporeans can administer the take a look at themselves at house.
Following his announcement, the Ministry of Well being (MOH) introduced at this time (June 10) that 4 manufacturers of Covid-19 antigen fast take a look at (ART) kits for self-testing can be offered by pharmacists from June 16.
They embrace Abbott PanBio COVID-19 Antigen Self-test, QuickVue At-Dwelling OTC COVID-19 Check, SD Biosensor SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Self-Check Nasal, and SD Biosensor Normal Q COVID-19 Ag Dwelling Check.
These self-test kits have obtained interim authorisation from the Well being Sciences Authority (HSA) to be offered to most of the people.
Based on MOH, these take a look at kits are easy to make use of and could be self-administered.
“From subsequent week, June 16, these kits can be disbursed by pharmacists at chosen retail pharmacies. We’ll then open up for counter gross sales at extra retail areas progressively,” stated Well being Minister Ong Ye Kung at a multi-ministry activity pressure press convention.
Gross sales will initially be restricted to 10 ART kits per particular person to make sure that there are “enough provides for all”, added the Well being Ministry’s director of medical providers Kenneth Mak.
Nonetheless, as extra provides are made out there for retail gross sales, authorities will “finally permit take a look at kits to be freely bought”, he stated.
Mak additional added that the self-test kits “complement” Singapore’s total surveillance technique.
“These quick and straightforward to make use of exams permit us to detect contaminated circumstances extra rapidly, specifically amongst people who wouldn’t have acute respiratory an infection signs, however are involved that they could have been uncovered to COVID-19,” he stated.
What occurs if in case you have a unfavourable end result?
These self-testing kits can produce leads to lower than 20 minutes.
Those that have a optimistic end result on these self-test kits ought to instantly strategy a Swab and Ship Dwelling Public Well being Preparedness Clinic (SASH PHPC) for a confirmatory polymerase chain response (PCR) take a look at.
They’re then required to self-isolate till they obtain a unfavourable PCR take a look at end result.
In the meantime, those that take a look at unfavourable on their self-test ART ought to proceed to remain vigilant and cling to prevailing protected administration measures.
“People who’ve ARI signs ought to proceed to go to a physician for a full prognosis and PCR take a look at as an alternative of counting on an ART self-test equipment,” the ministry stated.
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