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Ministry of Health: Antigen rapid test to be used for specific groups

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Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2020. 11:56 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health says that it will begin to use the antigen rapid testing for COVID-19 with the following established protocols.

After completing a validation exercise with the SD Biosensor Antigen testing kit and following international recommendations, use of this antigen testing kit will ONLY be applicable and is recommended for persons who are symptomatic or a close contacts of a confirmed case.

The Ministry says that all notifiable diseases including positive cases for COVID-19 must follow the established reporting mechanism for communicable/notifiable diseases and it must be done through the established reporting tool developed by the Ministry.

Furthermore, the ministry confirmed that it is unable to endorse or validate any other rapid testing kit for use in other categories of the population.

In addition, the Ministry says that it will not be held accountable for the outcome of the use of any other rapid testing kit.

The Ministry of Health continues its active surveillance efforts and expansion of its testing processes and procedures.

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