Nov 07, 2020

Who brought Rapid Antigen Test kits secretly?

Editor of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) Dr. Haritha Aluthge says it is questionable that the Ministry of Health has taken steps to import a consignment of  'Rapid Antigen Test' kits,while the process of confirming if it can be used as an alternative for PCR testing in Sri Lanka is still underway.

He made these comments speaking to the media yesterday (Nov 06).

He also questioned who had given permission for the 'Rapid Antigen Test' kits to be imported, and what would happen to the consignment if the kits were found to be substandard during inspections.

Meanwhile, Dr. Saman Rathnayake, Deputy Director General, Laboratory Services  states that the Ministry of Health is focusing on introducing antigen tests to the country.

newHe said that after a discussion between the Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi and the  consulting physicians, the Ministry of Health has decided to  conduct  antigen tests which are approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) to detect Covid-19 antigens.

Dr. Saman Rathnayake further stated that laboratory tests are being carried out in this regard and after receiving the report, it is hoped to test the 'antigen' and it is expected that this will be introduced by the end of next week.

Two teams finish importing test kits

President of the Sri Lanka Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists Ravi Kumudesh says that two teams have already imported Rapid Antigen Test kits.