Probe committee reveals faults COVID-19 testing at National lab

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Minister of Health in Tanzania Ms Ummy Mwalimu on Saturday revealed findings of a report presented to her by the 10-man probe committee formed early this month to investigate testing facilities at the national lab following President John Magufuli’s directives.

Early this month, the Head of State Dr Magufuli raised concerns doubting the quality of the testing facilities in the laboratory as animal samples tested positive for the deadly pandemic. The COVID-19 cases in the country stands at 509, with 21 deaths and 183 recoveries almost one month now.

The fate led to the suspension of the facility’s Director Dr Nyambura Moremi. Ms Mwalimu said that the investigation report shows there were weaknesses in the professional management, set up and operation of the national laboratory facilities, thus affecting the quality of tests carried out on COVID-19.

“One of the machines for testing samples of the pandemic was faulty but the management did not take action in time,” said the Minister.

He added that all testing facilities were moved to a new laboratory located at Mabibo in Dar es Salaam. “The new laboratory can carry out testing on up to 1,800 COVID-19 samples in 24 hours compared to the previous one which could only test 300 samples,” she noted.

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