COVID-19 tests can only be conducted by MoH, says minister

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar yesterday said that random monitoring of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can only by carried out by the government.

The minister was responding to a question raised during the daily press conference, on whether the government would extend the random monitoring by providing COVID-19 test kits to private clinics.

“The SARS-CoV-2 test has to be conducted by the Ministry of Health, because it requires strict supervision,” he said.

“We (the ministry) don’t want just anyone doing it, since it needs to be monitored – the standards, the methodology and so on. There should be just one centre controlling it, and that’s the government.”