Tanzanian president, John Magufuli, has ordered an investigation on the country’s COVID-19 testing kits after samples taken from a goat and pawpaw turned out positive.
The President, while speaking at an event in Chato, the Northwest of Tanzania on Sunday, said that the COVID-19 testing kits, which had been imported from overseas had “technical errors.”
Magufuli said that he had given directives to Tanzanian security forces to check the quality of the kits. Non-human samples, including from pawpaw, a goat, and a sheep, but had assigned them human names and ages as part of the government’s effort to curb the spread of the virus in the country.
The president also stated that the collected samples were submitted to Tanzania’s laboratory to test for COVID-19, with the lab technicians left deliberately unaware of their origins.
The samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19.
This clearly states that it was likely that some people were being tested positive when in fact they were not infected by the Coronavirus.
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.
Tanzania, which is among the African countries being hit by the dreaded coronavirus pandemic has 408 confirmed cases, 167 patients have recovered with 16 deaths recorded.
Meanwhile, the president of the East African country stated that he would send a plane to Madagascar to get the herbal tonic regarded as a cure for the pandemic even as the World Health Organization, WHO, warned that there was no proof of any cure.
The tonic, it was gathered, was produced from artemisia plant; the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment.
According to the Chief of Staff to the Tanzanian President, Lova Hasinirina Ranoromaro, the drink was launched as COVID-Organics and was being marketed after being tested on fewer than 20 people over a period of three weeks.