Tanzanian President Raises Doubts Over Coronavirus Testing Kits After Goat Tests Positive
Heads are already rolling in Tanzania barely hours after Coronavirus tests proved faulty.
Information from Reuters says President John Magufuli had instructed Tanzanian security forces to check the quality of some Coronavirus testing kits imported from abroad, before putting them at the disposal of medical personnel.
Then they had decided to randomly obtain several non-human samples, including from a pawpaw, a goat and a sheep, to which they attributed human names and ages.
The samples were then handed to Tanzania's Laboratory to test for Covid-19, without telling the technicians the origin of the samples.
When the results came out, samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for Coronavirus, which made the President to conclude that it meant some people were being tested positive meanwhile they had not contracted the infection.
As a result, President Magufuli has declared that the tests being used in the country are faulty and has fired the Director of the country's National Health Laboratory and the Head of Quality Control.
As of Sunday, May 03, Tanzania had 480 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus and 17 deaths, and the President has ordered for Covid-Organics, the herbal mix invented by Madagascar as a treatment for the virus.