Malaysia-made self-testing kit part of MySejahtera now

Malaysia-made self-testing kit part of MySejahtera now
July 30, 2021 Editorial Reszon

FMT Reporters – July 30, 2021 05:06 PM Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians can now send the results of their Covid-19 self-test directly to the health ministry via the MySejahtera mobile application.

The first Malaysia-made self-test kit Salixium has now been integrated into MySejahtera, the kit’s distributor MeDKAD Sdn Bhd said today.

Its chief executive officer and co-founder Ezuan Yaacob said through this initiative, consumers using Salixium can report their test result, whether positive, negative or invalid, to the health ministry and it will be automatically synced in MySejahtera.

“This integration is a proactive step by both parties to work together to curb the spread of the disease. This is crucial, especially with the upward trend in the transmission of Covid-19 variants of concern (VOC), namely the Beta and Delta variants,” he said.

Ezuan said Salixium, a rapid antigen test kit, had passed the evaluation stage of the Institute for Medical Research (IMR).

As such, he said it was now the users’ responsibility to report on their actual test results to avoid adverse consequences of any possible infection.

“Users must scan the unique QR code from the test device before using the test kit. After completing this process, they must capture the image of the test device and upload it through MySejahtera. Our vision artificial intelligence (AI) will validate the result.

“The test result will automatically be updated on MySejahtera and reported to the health ministry,” he said.

Launched last week, Salixium is the first Malaysian product of its kind and has been approved for sale in Malaysia by the health ministry.

It is currently available for public purchase through MeDKAD’s Health and Wellness online store, MedCart and selected pharmacies.

Setting itself apart from other self-test kits in the market, Ezuan said Salixium requires dual swab samples of nasal and saliva samples which increase the detection rate of viral load.

“The self-testing kit is the first-tier of defence against the relentless threat of the pandemic and future health crises,” he said.

MySejahtera users were encouraged earlier today to update to the latest version of the app which has several new features.

These include a “Covid-19 Self Test” feature that allows users to include the results of self-test kits and a “Screening Facility”, which helps users locate the nearest testing centre.