Taking to Facebook, Nationalist Party candidate Alex Borg highlighted the Opposition’s recommendation for COVID self-testing kits.
He revealed that as he himself adheres to quarantine measures due to the virus, he realised upon discussing with several people through phone the benefits introducing self-testing kits could bring following, what he deemed, a failure when it comes to the contact tracing system.
Borg hypothesised a scenario wherein government accepted self-testing kits and parents and teachers carried out these same tests before sending their kids to school. This, he argued, would have reduced the spread of the virus far more efficiently given the start of the new school term.
He also said that restaurants and hotels could have continued to operate far more efficiently if the system were approved and regulated by the Superintendent for Public Health.
A client could have used the test and avoided going to such establishments if they tested positive and thus not have excluded someone who could not take the vaccine. ‘Every individual who could not go to these establishments would be a direct hit to all owners.’
‘Why is the government not considering this proposal by the Opposition?’ he asked. ‘I appeal to the government to take this proposal seriously and introduce it as soon as possible, with free kits introduced to all families.’
Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci and other health officials previously alluded as to why self-testing kits are not being allowed for use.
The main reasons being touted are that people with no medical training can perform tests but make mistakes when carrying them out, potentially leading to people thinking they’re negative when in fact they are positive. Such tests, they stated, need professional attention. What do you think?