MEDAN, KOMPAS.com – Police in Indonesia’s North Sumatra Province has busted a ring of health workers from the state-owned Kimia Farma Diagnostika pharmaceutical company, after they reused previously used rapid test kits on travelers at the Kualanamu International Airport.
North Sumatra Regional Police spokesman Police Grand Commissioner Hadi Wahyudi said the police arrested five medical workers in the undercover sting.
“We carried out the operation after [the Regional Police’s] Special Crimes Directorate [Ditreskrimsus] received a tip from [travelers] who used the antigen rapid tests at Kualanamu Airport,” Hadi noted on Wednesday, April 28.
“They reported that the test kits they were using has already been used. The Ditreskrimsus then sent Police Commissioner Attendant [AKP] Jericho Levian and his men to carry out an investigation. ”
Hadi added that AKP Jericho and his men posed as airline passengers at the airport and allowed the medical workers from Kimia Farma to carry out the antigen rapid tests. The tests included taking samples from their nose.
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“The investigators’ suspicions increased after the tests indicated them to be positive for Covid-19. Sceptical of the results, the policemen examined the antigen rapid test labs, then interrogated the Kimia Farma Diagnostika personnel,” he asserted.
“The health workers admitted to the police that they used old rapid test samples on the passengers.”
Reusing rapid test samples