In addition to registering for Covid-19 vaccines and generating e-certificates for vaccinated individuals, the MySejahtera app should be designated as the official app for Covid-19 RT-PCR and RTK Antigen test results certification, said the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) in a statement.
MMA President, Dr M Subramaniam said the Association believes this will be most realistic because the app is able to provide users with the most up to date Covid-19 exposure status.
He said 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 both the RT-PCR and RTK Antigen 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 approved private health care facilities,” Subramaniam said.
Subramaniam added those who undertake the RTK Antigen tests are informed of their results within an hour by private health care facilities while results from the RT-PCR tests takes up to 48 hours depending on the capacity and number of cases received by the labs.
“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,” he said.
Subramaniam further added that Malaysia, Singapore and other countries are now negotiating the opening of borders for business travel and tourism.
As a result, in addition to granting vaccine certificates, MMA is urging the Government to consider including e-certification for Covid-19 tests through the MySejahtera app.
“The government should also ensure that all embassies in the country only recognise certification from MySejahtera is the official app for the recording of personal data and up-to-date health status throughout the pandemic,” he said.