PETALING JAYA: Close to 500 clinics have registered under the Covid-19 RTK-AG (Antigen) screening programme with more expected to be listed soon, says the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).
Its president Prof Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said a total of 482 clinics are registered with the screening programme under the Social Security Organisation (Socso).
"The participating clinics are located in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Labuan and Sabah with more clinics in other states to be added into the list soon.
"The MMA welcomes this public-private healthcare initiative to screen the country’s foreign worker population and looks forward to more ways of working together in the future," he said in a statement on Friday (Dec 4).
He thanked the government for its move to provide the RTK Antigen test kits to the clinics at free of charge through Socso.
"We urge all general practitioners (GPs) to charge reasonably for their professional services in conducting the swab tests.
"Employers can now visit the www.psp.perkeso.gov.my website to access the list of participating clinics and book appointments with the GPs for the mandatory Covid-19 screening of foreign workers," he said.
He added that the first phase of the screening programme involving 888,342 foreign workers would be carried out in Selangor, Labuan, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Negri Sembilan.
He said the MMA advised all employers to refer to the participating clinics listed on the Socso website to ensure that the swab tests are performed by clinics registered under the Socso Covid-19 screening programme.
"The RTK-AG swab tests can only be performed by trained healthcare professionals and under strict infectious disease prevention guidelines by the Health Ministry.
"The MMA warns that a person may be at serious risk of injury, health issues or a false negative result if the swab tests are performed incorrectly," he said.
He also said all GP clinics must conduct a pre-assessment and keep medical records of the patients who are being screened for Covid-19.
He said each patient who has undergone the RTK Antigen swab test must be registered under the Public Health Information System (SIMKA) where certificates are generated and given to the patient with stringent Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) maintained throughout the process.
"We also advise all employers to work with the registered clinics on planning the screening of their foreign workers.
"For businesses with a large foreign workforce, it will be more practical to conduct the screening on-site.
"Smaller businesses located in the same area may also combine to have the tests conducted together at a designated area near their workplace," he said, adding that employers may need to work with the municipal authorities on permission to use common public areas.
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