Rapid Antigen test cannot be conducted until the Health Ministry issues guidelines on how to use the test kits, State Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana told Parliament today.
The Minister who was speaking during the adjournment debate in the House said that the test kits would be allowed to be used only after the ministry issues guidelines. “The allegation made by former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne that Rapid Antigen test kits are being used without Health Ministry validation. This allegation is wrong," Mr. Jayasumana said.
“The government was compelled to expedite the tender process for the procurement of Rapid Antigen test kits as there is a public health emergency in Sri Lanka" he added.
"There is no connection between Rapid Antigen and Rapid Antibody tests as the former is a test done to identify whether a person carries the COVID-19 virus within their bodies whereas Rapid Antibody tests is not used to identify patients," he also said.
Dr. Senaratne earlier said both Rapid Antigen tests and Rapid Antibody tests should go together as both tests are necessary to determine whether a person is vulnerable when it comes to infecting others. He reiterated that the Rapid Antigen test is being used in hospitals without the approval of the Technical Evaluation Committee which is going through tender applications and without the guidelines of the Health Ministry.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)