The President of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli has questioned the quality of imported COVID-19 test kits being used in the country. He has ordered that they should be checked after a goat and pawpaw fruit reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 in the country.
John Magufuli made this known while speaking at an event recently held at Chato, in the Northwest of Tanzania.
In his speech, he revealed that the imported covid-19 testing kits definitely have “technical errors”. He revealed that he had instructed that non-human samples be randomly obtained from a pawpaw fruit, a sheep and a goat which were labeled fake human names and bio-data without the knowledge of the lab technicians.
Surprisingly, the tests for the pawpaw fruit and goat came out positive.
Speaking further at the event, he revealed he has since ordered the Tanzanian health agency to subject the quality of the kits to clinical lab tests to help ascertain their effectiveness.
“We extracted a sample from a goat which turned positive. This tells you that something is not adding up.
Are we now supposed to quarantine goats and fruits?” the President questioned.