Apart from registering for the Covid-19 vaccines and generating e-certificates for vaccinated individuals, the MySejahtera app should also be made the official app for Covid-19 RT-PCR and RTK Antigen test results certification.
The MMA believes this would be most practical as one of the app’s main features is to provide the user’s most up-to-date Covid-19 exposure status. For uniformity and consistency, the government should use only one system to record and store Covid-19 data for individuals throughout the pandemic.
Currently, the laboratories processing the RT PCR test samples use the Sistem Informasi Makmal Kesihatan Awam (SIMKA) system to report the test results to the Ministry of Health. The tested individual then receives the test result from private health care facilities.
Those who take the RTK Antigen tests are informed of their results within an hour by private health care facilities. It will be good if MySejahtera can generate the Covid-19 RT PCR and RTK Antigen certificates as well.
Covid-19 test result certifications generated via the My Sejahtera app will also prevent issues such as fake certificates and middlemen attempting to capitalise on the Covid-19 situation.
Malaysia and Singapore, as well as other countries, are now in talks to open up borders for business travel and tourism. Therefore, the government should consider including e-certification for Covid-19 tests via the MySejahtera app, besides issuing vaccination certification.
The government should also ensure that all embassies in the country only recognise certification from MySejahtera as the official app for the recording of personal data and up-to-date health status throughout the pandemic.
Prof Dr Subramaniam Muniandy is the president of the Malaysian Medical Association.
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