President John Magufuli of Tanzania recently questioned the accuracy of imported COVID-19 testing kits after conducting a quality assurance check using animal and fruit samples.
Aljazeera reports Magufuli discussed the coronavirus testing kits during an event in Chato in northwestern Tanzania on Sunday. He said there were “technical errors” with the tests.
The president […] said he had instructed Tanzanian security forces to check the quality of the kits.
They had randomly obtained several non-human samples, including from a pawpaw, a goat and a sheep, but had assigned them human names and ages.
These samples were then submitted to Tanzania’s laboratory to test for the coronavirus, with the lab technicians left deliberately unaware of their origins.
Samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19, the president said, adding this meant it was likely that some people were being tested positive when, in fact, they were not infected by the coronavirus.
During his speech in Chato, Magufuli implied the kits should be investigated. “There is something happening,” he said. “We should not accept that every aid is meant to be good for this nation.”
Citing a recent discussion he had with Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina, the Tanzanian leader announced that he had placed an order for an herbal treatment called “Covid Organics.” The remedy is reportedly being prepared by the Malagasy Institute for Applied Research and is made out of Artemisia, a special plant only found on the Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar.
“I have already written to Madagascar’s president and we will soon dispatch a plane to fetch the medicine so that Tanzania can also benefit from it.”
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