Donated Covid-19 test kits not compatible

Donated Covid-19 test kits not compatible

MASERU-HEALTH Minister Nkaku Kabi says the Covid-19 rapid testing kits donated by Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation are not compatible with local equipment.
“We found out that equipment that analysed blood that we thought they were rapid test kits … requires laboratory operations instead,” Kabi said.
He said the World Health Organisation (WHO) had helped to order equipment that will complement the one from China so that tests can be done locally.
“The rapid tests will support the lab tests, after testing we will repeat tests because WHO has not approved rapid tests, meaning immediately when they are available we will see what to do,” he said.

“We are waiting for appropriate machines to correspond.”
Last Thursday Lesotho received a consignment of 20 089 test kits, 741 personal protection equipment (PPE), 100 000 surgical masks and 1 111 face shields arrived from Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation.

The government said the consignment had been thoroughly tested and certified by experts to ensure its quality before distribution.
“This exercise is completed, and equipment is due for distribution throughout the country,” the government said in a statement.
The government said the international community is also assisting Lesotho to prepare for the crisis.

The local private sector has also supported the government.
The Matekane Group of Companies, Global Fund and Econet Lesotho have already donated commodities that include sanitizers, face masks and gloves.

The government said it would distribute them to border posts, the Lesotho Correctional Services, Lesotho Mounted Police, Lesotho Defence Force and hospitals.
It said it was expecting more support from other businesses.
All line ministries were expected to present their ministerial preparedness programmes with regards to the lockdown.
It also promised to provide free spectrum for all radio stations to reach a wider population.

Staff Reporter

Previous Armed robber says tortured in custody
Next Street vendors on the edge

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/thepostc/public_html/wp-content/themes/trendyblog-theme/includes/single/post-tags-categories.php on line 7

About author

You might also like

Local News

MPs to declare assets by September

MASERU – MPS will be expected to file their declaration of assets and interests by September this year. This is according to Finance Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro.Majoro told the MPs

News

Moleleki pushes GNU

MASERU – DEPUTY Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki has called for the setting up of a government of national unity. Moleleki, who is the leader of the Alliance of Democrats (AD), a

Sports

4 clubs to fight for M150k Independence jackpot

Luciah Phahla Maseru – The Vodacom Premier League together with sponsors Metropolitan Lesotho and Standard Lesotho Bank yesterday launched the 2016 edition of Lesotho’s oldest cup competition, the Independence Cup.