May 1, 2021, 07.20 AM

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)


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