Medtech Canada calls for increased use of rapid tests across Canada

Class in: Center, Le Covid-19
Topics : Public security, Advocacy (political)

MONTRAL, June 1, 2021 / CNW Telbec / -Medtech Canada asks the territories and provinces of Canada Massively increase the use of rapid tests to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and enhance the safety and sustainability of stimulus packages.

Rapid screening tests can easily be done in a wide variety of gathering places, such as workplaces, educational institutions, event locations, or rapid screening clinics. What’s more, they are valuable screening tools that detect cases of COVID-19 before closions occur and the virus spreads.

These screening tools should be seen as a first defense mechanism in public health measures, and many countries are already using them. For example, Austria requires entrance tests, that is, people in the country who want to go to different public places, for example to eat in a restaurant or to avail themselves of a service which requires a certain proximity with another person (hairdresser, masseur, etc.), must first show negative results for a test (or proof of vaccination / infection prior to COVID). To enable people to meet such a requirement, rapid anti-virus tests are performed in pharmacies and testing centers, and supervised self-testing is also permitted.

We have been advocating for months the increased use of all existing testing instruments, including rapid screening tests, and we commend the federal and provincial governments across the country who have recently decided to facilitate their access, primarily in community settings. of work. Such initiatives will ensure the safety of workers and their families as well as clients, while mitigating the spread within the community and reducing the strain on our health care system.

Some Canadian provinces have been leaders in recent months in supporting rapid testing, while others are slow.

Despite these important initiatives which are very well received, Medtech Canada calls on governments across the country to continue to see the greatest possible accessibility of rapid testing, by reducing the barriers to the widespread use of these testing tools. Here are some examples of such obstacles:

  1. Some provinces still require that these tests be performed by a healthcare worker, although this is not necessary due to the ease of use of these tests. These tests can be easily self-administered (as older students in Austria do) and most other Canadian provinces no longer impose this restriction.
  2. Difficult or large-scale validation projects are still needed in some regions of the Canada. However, both at Canada that abroad, there is solid evidence supporting the effectiveness of these tests and promoting their use, which should encourage large-scale use. For example, Slovakia has carried out massive screening to control closions and has seen COVID-19 cases drop by 58%. At Canada, rapid detection sites in Nova Scotia detected at least 10% of the province’s third wave cases.

Canadians, on an individual basis, and society as a whole would benefit from reduced barriers to the implementation of these tests and increased opportunities for rapid testing. As many provinces begin to remove containment measures, greater use of rapid detection solutions must begin without delay, and these tools must be built into the arsenal for the recovery to be safe and effective. and that lives can be saved.

Medtech Canada is the national association representing the Canadian medical technology industry. In Qubec, it has more than 320 companies providing equipment, devices and services used in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and health problems. The medical technology sector represents nearly 12,000 jobs in Qubec. For more than 40 years, Medtech Canada has worked with governments and patients to help improve the health of the population and the sustainability of the health care system.

SOURCE Medtech Canada

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