Covid-19 testing kits run out

Covid-19 testing kits run out

MASERU-LESOTHO has stopped testing for Covid-19 after running out of a key component of the testing kits.
The National Covid-19 Secretariat (Nacosec) yesterday said without micropipette tips used to collect specimens it is impossible to test for Covid-19.

Nacosec’s deputy executive secretary, Dr Catherine Lephoto, said there is a global shortage of micropipette tips because of high demand.
“It is such an unfortunate scenario that we have run out as a country,” Dr Lephoto said.
She said as a solution they were looking at several options such as sending some of the samples to South Africa.

She said she has contacted several labs that can do the work.
“We are looking for the government to release the funds to enable us to send the samples,” she said.
She said the order was expected to arrive today.
“We plan to increase working hours of staff at the lab so that we can try and catch up on lost work,” she said.

Results released yesterday showed that Lesotho had 996 confirmed cases. There were 12 682 tests, 30 deaths and 472 recoveries.
The shortage of the micropipette tips will slow down Lesotho’s testing drive.
Nacosec has already said overalls and masks are running out.

The secretariat is yet to receive funds to replenish the personal protective equipment because there are still disagreements over its legal standing.

’Mapule Motsopa

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