Bali officials have recently discovered that most of the Covid-19 test operators around the Gilimanuk Port area were uncertified and without proper training.
The Head of the Jembrana Health Agency, I Gusti Bagus Ketut Oka Parwata confirmed that officials have spotted many uncertified rapid antigen test operators who have been operating in the Gilimanuk Port area which is one of the main entrances of Bali island. “Despite having a permit and a recommendation letter from the Covid-19 Handling Task Force, many of the rapid antigen test operators in Gilimanuk were still not certified with proper training to do their job.” Parwata said on Thursday (19/8).
Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020, the majority of clinics that have been operating around Gilimanuk Port in Jembrana took the opportunity to generate more income by starting to provide rapid antigen test services in the area. This was especially the case once the negative rapid antigen test policy was implemented as an entry requirement for travelers. Unfortunately, this has led to another problem, where those medical workers began to operate the business unprofessionally and without proper certifications.
In anticipation, Parwata explained that he is regularly inspecting every rapid antigen test booth in his area. “Despite being regularly inspected, we still found people who are operating without having their Permission Letter (SIP) which should’ve been received through a training program. So we decided to pay more attention to this issue by inspecting and educating there once a week.” Parwata concluded.
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