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Launching of new test detects viral infections in blood earlier

The Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar on Saturday morning launched the new Nucleic Acid Amplification Test at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.

With the latest test set-up, the Ministry of Health will be able to to increase the safety of blood and donated blood components from bacterial or viral infections, especially blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and also Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Tests will be able to detect viral infections in the blood earlier and shorten the ‘window period’.

Later, the Minister was shown a demonstration of the test operations.

More details on Sunday’s Borneo Bulletin

The Minister being shown a demonstration of the test operations. PHOTO: JAMES KON