Buyer beware! Coronavirus test kits on sale are fake


The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council on Monday raided a clinic stocking purported coronavirus test kits.
Avane cosmetics dermatology clinic and medical spa in Hurlingham, Nairobi was allegedly cashing in on the coronavirus outbreak.
The clinic, in an advertisement poster, said that it was selling Covid-19 (the disease caused by the coronavirus) rapid test kits for “early diagnosis, awareness and medical attention if infected.”
The fake kits that promised results in 15 minutes are retailing at Sh3,000 with customers advised to send the money through mobile payments to “avoid hospital queues or crowds”.
“We are already at the facility and they will not stock the kits anymore,” Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council CEO Daniel Yumbya told Standard Digital.
The Kenya Association of Clinical Pathologists also confirmed that the kits were fake.
According to the World Health Organization and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tests for SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) is done on respiratory specimens.
The process (medically referred to as real-time RT-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) detection) is done using Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT).


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