The Mati City government has decided to purchase an initial 1,000 pieces of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits that will tremendously cut the waiting time for the test result of possible coronavirus disease carriers, an official said.
The procurement of the antigen test kits was prompted by the limited slots for the RT-PCR swab test examination in Davao City.
Mati Incident Management Team Head Dr. Ben Hur Catbagan Jr. said the RAT result will come out in 15 minutes to less than an hour, thus, reducing the waiting time and the IMT can readily take action.
“It’s a test for contagiousness. Swab test din sya but makuha ang test in an hour,” Catbagan said.
He said that due to limited supply, they will be prioritizing the symptomatic individuals and also direct contacts of a confirmed case for the rapid antigen testing. The RAT kit costs less than a thousand pesos each.