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Can I have SWAB test at government clinic?

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: January 16, 2021 12:54 PM

Anonymous 39 days

Hi. I’m a close contact with a group of people from category B and as for now I’ve been having symptoms around 3/4 days already. Can I do the SWAB test at government clinic? I’m a student and can’t afford to take one in private.

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 39 days
General Practitioner

Hi, thank you for reaching out to us.

We understand your concern regarding your statement during this time of pandemic. For your information, you may do the swab test in government facility but priority will be given to the people who is having a close contact with the patient and you are showing signs and symptoms of having COVID-19 or any disease that is showing similar symptoms.

WHO listed common symptoms for COVID-19 infection as follows:

  • Fever (more than 37.5 degrees Celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

According to the Ministry of Health, close contact refers to either:

  • Health care-associated exposure, including providing direct care for 2019-nCoV patients, working with health care workers infected with 2019-nCoV, visiting patients or staying in the same close environment of a 2019nCoV patient.
  • Working together in close proximity or sharing the same classroom environment with a with 2019-nCoV patient
  • Traveling together with COVID-19 patient in any kind of conveyance
  • Living in the same household as a 2019-nCoV patient

I would also encourage your staff to answer this quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate their health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, they will be classified into several categories. Further instructions will be given at the end of the quiz. Please act accordingly.

Occasionally you might be strongly advised to do a covid-19 screening and meanwhile to maintain physical and social distance between close friends and family members. You may also click on this link to directly request a COVID-19 screening test or you may try to contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC). Other than that, do practice good hand hygiene and normalize wearing face mask in public.

CPRC contact:

You can contact us on (DoctorOnCall) to talk with our certified doctors via online consultation for a better clarification. Thank you.

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