JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia (UI) Pandu Riono said the implementation rapid test or the Covid-19 rapid test should be stopped.
According to Pandu, at this time the only method that must be reproduced is inspection polymerase chain reaction ( PCR).
“Should rapid test-rapid test it’s stopped. Just increase PCR, “Pandu said to Kompas.com, Thursday (2/7/2020)
Pandu said, rapid test not included in the data collection system of the Covid-19 case by the government.
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He also judged rapid test disturbing the focus of the government in increasing PCR tests.
“So now just focus on PCR which is also a part of contact tracing “says Pandu.
However, he also suggested that the government prioritize tests not based on specimen counting alone.
Meanwhile, what should be used as a benchmark is a test to each person.
“So now how many thousands of people per week,” said Pandu.
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Previously, Government Spokesperson for Corona Virus Handling, Achmad Yurianto explained about the implementation rapid test the results of which are not included in the Covid-19 data reporting system compiled by the government.
Menurut Yurianto, rapid test is an early detection of individuals suspected of being infected with Covid-19.
The allegations are based contact tracing and epidemiological studies in an area.
“That is only for initial screening for suspected infection from tracing or epidemiological studies,” Yuri said when confirmed Kompas.com, Saturday (6/27/2020).
Although not included in the central government data collection, but the data is stored by each region.
“ Rapid test the data is stored in the area, “said Yuri.
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Yuri explained, according to WHO standards, specimen examination must use antigens.
Therefore, the government uses two testing methods namely Real Time-PCR and molecular rapid tests (TCM) to ascertain whether individuals have contracted Covid-19 or not.
“While rapid test, based on blood serology, is not included in the standard, “said Yuri.
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On Monday (6/29/2020), Yuri revealed that there were 782,383 specimens of Covid-19 that were examined nationally.
However, if averaged, Indonesia has examined 2,779 Covid-19 specimens per 1 million inhabitants.
Yuri then compared this figure with the results of specimen examination in Japan.
He revealed, so far Japan has examined 3,484 specimens per 1 million population.