Saturday May 16, 2020 – The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) has overturned COVID19 test results on a Kenyan long-distance truck driver who was tested positive in Uganda while on transit a fortnight ago.

According to Taita Taveta health officials, the victim was tested in Malaba along the Kenya-Uganda border on May 3rd while on his way to Tororo.

On his way back to Mombasa, Ugandan authorities called and confirmed to him that he had tested positive.

At the time he was being informed, he was near Maungu Township on his way to Mombasa City, said the health officials in the region.

The suspected coronavirus victim was later seized by the County COVID19 Response team at Maungu Township and isolated at the Voi County Referral Hospital.

The response team thereafter undertook a confirmatory test, activated the contact tracing process and other standard procedures.

The test report received from Uganda indicated a positive result but further confirmatory tests at the KEMRI Laboratories in Kilifi County showed negative results.

But the health officials said further tests will be run on the patient, in close collaboration with KEMRI experts before the truck driver is released.

On Thursday, Health Executive John Mwakima Mwangeka confirmed that the truck driver has since tested negative at the KEMRI laboratories in Kilifi County.

“The country health department wishes to bring to the attention of the public that the truck driver has since tested negative at the KEMRI Laboratories in Kilifi County,” revealed Mwangeka.

This now raises more questions than answers on the truthfulness of COVID19 testing kits.


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