"We have ordered 3.000 rapid test kits to come in early June," said Tapin Regent HM Arifin Arpan in Rantau, Monday (May 18, 2020), while monitoring the integrated post of COVID-19 prevention in Sungai Puting Village, CLU Sub-district.
The using of kits, he said, will be focused on testing government employees (ASN), police, TNI (military), and traders at the district capital's market.
"For traders, we will do a rapid test on some traders first, maybe 50 as simple and as a first step," he said.
Previously, Director of the District Hospital of Datu Sanggul Dr Milhan explained, the antibody based-kits (rapid test) is a screening method to detect antibody, but cannot be used as a reference whether someone is positive for COVID-19.
"To know (if someone) positive or not, a throat swab test is needed," he said.