May 1, 2021, 07.20 AM
The Kimia Farma personnel suspected of reusing old rapid test samples on travelers at North Sumatra's Kualanamu International Airport, along with samples of their wrongdoing, at a police press conference in the North Sumatra provincial capital Medan on Thursday (29/4/2021) KOMPAS.COM/DEWANTOROThe Kimia Farma personnel suspected of reusing old rapid test samples on travelers at North Sumatra's Kualanamu International Airport, along with samples of their wrongdoing, at a police press conference in the North Sumatra provincial capital Medan on Thursday (29/4/2021)

Highlighting the dangers of reused rapid test kits

Benny Satria, an expert member of the Covid-19 Task Force in North Sumatra, warned about the dire effects of reusing rapid test kits.

“The only medical equipment that can be reused and disinfected [with alcohol] are hazmat suits and reagent bottles. Swab rapid test kits and other medical equipment are regarded as B3, or hazardous and toxic waste,” he said.

"The [Covid-19 positive] swab sticks are known to carry [the coronavirus], and the virus cannot be rid by merely disinfecting the rapid test samples. The swab samples can spread [the pandemic].”

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The police charged the suspects under a 2009 medical law on the use of potentially dangerous materials, as well as a 1999 law on consumer protection. If found guilty, they faced up to five years in jail and a Rp. 2 billion [$138,478.26] fine.

The scandal has smeared the reputation of Kimia Farma, a leading Indonesian state owned pharmaceutical company that is currently developing a Covid-19 vaccine with their United Arab Emirates counterpart G42.

(Writer: Dewantoro, Medan Contributor | Editor: Abba Gabrillin, Aprillia Ika)

Sources: 

https://regional.kompas.com/read/2021/04/30/115151678/korban-rapid-test-bekas-pegawai-kimia-farma-diperkirakan-ribuan-orang?page=all#page2

https://regional.kompas.com/read/2021/04/30/082501278/modus-pegawai-kimia-farma-bandara-kualanamu-stik-antigen-bekas-dicuci?page=all#page2

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