Private Laboratories put on notice over inconsistent COVID-19 results

Private Laboratories licensed to conduct COVID-19 tests risk closure over inconsistent results.


Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Thursday directed the Medical Board to conduct investigations into the testing operations at Lancet Laboratories.


According to Kagwe,the move was occasioned by numerous complaints from a section of Kenyans who had their results overturned from positive to negative


Assuring Kenyans of state action, Kagwe said that any facility found culpable of doctoring COVID-19 results will have their licenses revoked.


Speaking at the Nakuru Level Five Referral Hospital, the CS urged Kenyans to be cautious on where to send their samples for COVID-19 testing.


“I want to urge Kenyans to be careful where they take their samples for testing.As government we shall take action on any facility doctoring COVID-19 results” he said.


His remarks follow a re-test done on 17 teaching staff of St.Andrew’s Turi who had tested positive.


However, when the samples were taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the results came back as negative.


Lancet being the biggest Kenya’s biggest pathologist facility has been in row of discordant COVID-19 tests.


Some patients who tested positive at Lancet have been issued negative results by KEMRI.


On Wednesday Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui called for transparency of COVID-19 tests being conducted by private institutions as inconsistent data can prove fatal.


Kinyanjui said the process must be conducted with integrity and utmost honesty to avoid spreading anxiety with contradicting results.


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