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COVID-19 Patient Lands In ICU After Clinic Helped Him Fake His RTK Test Result

Initial investigations found that the private clinic has tampered with at least six positive test results before.

Cover image via Aswadi Alias/New Straits Times & Toby Melville/Reuters

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The Melaka state health department (JKN) will be lodging a police report against a private clinic for faking COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit (RTK) results

According to Astro Awani, Melaka health and anti-drug executive councillor (exco) Dr Muhammad Akmal Saleh said the initial investigation so far has found at least six patients' positive test results altered to negative by a doctor for a fee.

Melaka health and anti-drug executive councillor, Dr Muhammad Akmal Saleh.

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The state exco said the crime only came to light after a COVID-19 patient seeking treatment at Melaka Hospital admitted that his earliest test at a private clinic in Ayer Keroh was positive

However, not wanting to be quarantined, the factory worker paid the doctor to change his result to negative.

Muhammad Akmal said the patient is now in an induced coma in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to receiving late treatment.

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Image via Aswadi Alias/New Straits Times

Melaka JKN said they will be gathering further evidence of forged test results before making a police report against the clinic

"Melaka JKN will not be tolerant and will be firm in this matter. This involves not only the safety of the patient but also the safety of the surrounding community," said Muhammad Akmal when met at his office on Monday, 13 December.

"We are collecting evidence and will hand them over to the police in the near future to take action under Act 342 (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988)."

He added that JKN will not compromise with any individual or private clinic that would commit such misconduct.

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