Second screening exercise sees double the previous turnout

People using the drive-through method to get tested at the free Covid-19 community screening programme in Kajang. — SHAARI CHE MAT/The Star

SOME 2,000 people were expected to be tested at the Covid-19 community screening programme in Kajang last weekend, twice the number compared to an earlier screening there last month.

“About 1,500 people registered via the Selangkah app the night before, so some 2,000 are expected to come in for the one-day test via drive-through and walk-in methods,” said Kajang assemblyman Hee Loy Sian.

“During the first round of screening in early May, 8.06% out of the 1,052 tested were suspected positive.

“This was the second highest percentage figure in Selangor and above the 5% average rate, hence a second round of screening was held.

“The larger turnout could also be due to people coming from neighbouring state constituencies such as Balakong and Sungai Ramal.”

The threshold set by World Health Organisation for adequate testing is a 5% positivity rate.

The free screening, which was carried out using the antigen method, was held at Dewan Seri Cempaka in Saujana Impian, Kajang.

“Many favour the drive-through option as they feel it is more convenient and safe.

“The process is very fast if participants register using Selangkah,” said Hee.

“They just have to come here to be swabbed and return home to await their test results, which is also given through the app.”

If those who were swabbed were suspected positive for Covid-19, he said they would be called to return to the same venue the same day to undergo a PCR test, wear a pink bracelet and undergo self-quarantine at home.

“They will be given a home assessment tool kit for them to monitor their health condition throughout their quarantine period.

“The kit includes a pulse oximeter, which costs RM150 per unit, and has to be returned after the quarantine is completed so that it can be passed to the next person,” said Hee.

He added that other items in the kit were face masks, thermometer and medication.

“The pulse oximeter is returned when they go to a district health office to get their pink bracelets cut after completing their two-week quarantine.”

Hee, who is also Selangor tourism, environment and green technology, Orang Asli affairs committee chairman, observed that this time, more families came with children to get tested.

“This community screening programme is more affordable as a family of five would otherwise have to pay about RM500 for a private test,” he said.

“It is also the state government’s initiative to complement the Federal Government’s efforts to ensure the percentage of Covid-19 positive cases goes down.”

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