In the coronavirus outbreak that affected the world, there was an incident in Indonesia that made me give up. It turns out that the medical product company in Indonesia washes and resold nasal rods used for coronavirus tests.
Indonesia’s Covid-19 testing scandal has stunned onlookers. It turns out that a medical products company washes and dries the nasal rods used for coronavirus tests and sells them again. These used rods, which were reportedly used for airport tests, were reportedly used to test more than 9,000 passengers.
The scandal, in which company employees were arrested, reportedly took place at Kualanamu airport in Medan, but police did not disclose how it was determined that the test kits had been used. The state-owned company ‘Kimia Farma’ will reportedly face huge lawsuits on behalf of these 9,000 passengers.
Nasal test rods have been a part of our lives since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. Indonesian police said in a statement that the scandal had been going on since December last year.
People are being asked to test negative Covid-19 for air travel in Indonesia. Passengers can have these tests at the airport if they want to. Airport officials were also buying these fast-track test kits from a company called Kimia Farma. Five of the firm’s officials were reportedly arrested last week, but the charge was for violating both health and consumer laws. Among those arrested was the company’s director.
According to local media reports, authorities also found that they had obtained statements from 23 witnesses and that the company had made a profit of $124,800 from the horrific scandal. The money was found to have been used to pay for the construction of a luxe house of one of the suspects in the case. The company, which is headquartered in the capital Jakarta, said everyone involved had been fired and would now impose tighter controls. Lawyers preparing to sue over the scandal said they would seek £600,000 in compensation for each passenger affected.