Coronavirus: Tanzanian National Health Laboratory boss suspended

The Director of Tanzania’s National Health Laboratory together with his quality manager have been suspended pending an investigation.

Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli

The two top officials were suspended after President John Magufuli questioned the credibility of coronavirus testing kits being used by the lab.

In a live broadcast from his hometown of Chato in north-western Tanzania, President Magufuli disclosed that he secretly asked for some randomly collected non-human samples to be tested. These samples were assigned names and ages.

He added that some of the results from the nun-human samples returned as inconclusive while others were negative and the remaining positive.

“Vehicle oil, for instance, labelled Jabir Hamza aged 30-years-old [male], tested negative. We sent a jackfruit sample which we named Sara Samweli, a 45-year-old female - the results were inconclusive. When we sent a papaya (paw-paw) sample and named it Elizabeth Anne, aged 26 years, that papaya was positive.”

Mr Magufui said the samples from a bird and a goat both tested positive, while one from a rabbit was indeterminate.

Meanwhile, the health minister has formed a 10-member committee to probe the operations of the laboratory and submit the results by May 13.

However, testing for coronavirus will still go on the laboratory.

Many have criticized Tanzania’s approach to fighting coronavirus saying it is not strict enough and is shrouded in secrecy.

The government has denied these allegations saying it carefully follows the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The country has recorded 480 cases of coronavirus with 167 recoveries and 16 deaths. This is according to the most recent health ministry figures, which were published last week.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Top 10 happiest countries in Africa in 2022

Top 10 happiest countries in Africa in 2022

9 most expensive African countries to rent a one bedroom apartment, based on property price to income ratio

9 most expensive African countries to rent a one bedroom apartment, based on property price to income ratio

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

These 6 countries have the highest unemployment rates in Africa

These 6 countries have the highest unemployment rates in Africa

Here are the top 10 cities in Africa where the most rich people live

Here are the top 10 cities in Africa where the most rich people live

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job