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Zimbabwe is sitting on a potentially catastrophic Covid-19 timebomb as the government is fast running out of test kits and protective clothing, resulting in a huge backlog of thousands of untested laboratory samples countrywide, the Zimbabwe Independen...

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Zimbabwe Running Out Of COVID-19 Testing Material – Report

Published by: O. Elijah
09/01/2020 12:20 PM

Zimbabwe is sitting on a potentially catastrophic Covid-19 timebomb as the government is fast running out of test kits and protective clothing, resulting in a huge backlog of thousands of untested laboratory samples countrywide, the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal.

For almost a month now, the government has missed its target of testing 1 000 people per day. The country is reportedly running out of material like chemicals and containers to put specimen used when testing for COVID-19, the Chronicle reports.

 

This was revealed in the Ministry of Health and Child Care weekly Covid-19 report which states that the country needs 15 000 viral transport media and 15 000 PCR reagents every month but only 10 % of stocks is available at the moment.

 

According to a document that was leaked on social media in March, Zimbabwe had only 500 test kits available on April 4 for use and these were donated by the World Health Organisation, while the 20 000 donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma's Alibaba Foundation were not usable, as they had missing reagents.

The business sector and donor community in the country have been making frantic efforts to acquire more lab kits to increase Zimbabwe's testing rate.

The Bulawayo testing centre was being supported by the National University of Science and Technology's Applied Genetic Testing Centre (AGTC) after it moved in some of its equipment to complement government efforts in fighting the pandemic.

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