John Magfuli, the president of Tanzanian has called for a probe on the testing kits used for Covid-19 in the country. He raised the alarm after samples that were taken from a goat and pawpaw fruit tested positive to the virus.
President Magufuli, while speaking at an event on Sunday in Chato, northwest of Tanzania, admitted that the imported testing kits for Covid-19 had “technical errors.”
He said that in order to check the quality of the test kits that were imported from abroad, he had to give directives to the Tanzanian security forces to randomly collect non-human samples, including from pawpaw, a goat, and a sheep, but assign them human names and ages.
President Magufuli further stated that the non-human samples were then submitted to Tanzania’s Covid-19 testing laboratory, without the lab technicians knowing that they were not samples from humans.
However, the submitted samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19, and the president said that this clearly shows that there is likelihood that some people that were being tested positive for Covid-19 were not infected, but were victims of bad test kits.
The Tanzanian president while left in awe was quoted asking;
“Are we now supposed to quarantine goats and fruits? ”If a sample from a goat, which turned positive it means that something is not adding up.”
The rush international rush for test kits can be blamed for lack of quality and production of faulty ones, and without any unproven claim of conspiracy that may want to arise, this news from Tanzania would however raise more concerns towards the fight of the Coronavirus pandemic in Africa and the world as a whole.
Tanzania currently has 408 confirmed cases of Covi-19, and have recorded 167 recoveries with 16 deaths.