All 12, who presented findings claiming they came from the CDC Nairobi Laboratory, were arrested at the airport before being handed over to detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), who booked them in to await their trials .
They were identified after the results they produced had fake Trusted Travel (TT) test certificates used to verify the authenticity of all Covid-19 test results produced at the airport.The government’s move is an attempt to seal the loophole of fake test results. Port Health has started administering the antigen test for a fee of $20 (Shh 2,268) on departures before fully taking over the testing in the following weeks.
The antigen test is a Covid-19 test, which detects specific proteins in the virus. Using a nasal swab to collect a liquid sample, antigen tests provide results within minutes.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe acknowledged the establishment of government laboratories at all entry and exit points in the country and said decisive action was needed in the face of the rise in fake results in The past few days.
“We don’t want any private labs on the scene until we’re sure they exist. There’s no more fun business,” he said .
A source at the Health Ministry, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that after an audit conducted by the ministry last week, officials decided to start the process of adopting the tests of all travellers at the airport.
The source added that the ministry is also planning a long-term solution that will include a full molecular laboratory at the airport, like it in countries like the case is Uganda, which is testing departing and arriving passengers.
So far, the ministry has closed two la boratoriums in the country after various fake results at the airport.
The two ; Checkup Medical and Meditest, among other private companies, carry out PCR tests at airports. They have now been banned from doing so.
The investigation was launched after it was discovered that travelers from Nairobi had tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Dubai despite negative test results.
< h2>Verification by Labor
In retaliation for the Middle East nation’s move to ban flights from Kenya, the country has suspended all inbound and transit passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The ban came days after the UAE extended its flight ban to Kenya.
Matters surrounding the kits and the verification of labs were also an issue, with two departments within the ministry doing the same job.< /p >
Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB) is a government agency charged with licensing laboratory technicians in the country and regulating the performance of laboratory functions. It is against the law for unlicensed personnel to test clinical specimens.
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), tasked with regulating the practice of pharmacy and the drug trade, also authorizes Covid-19 Test kits coming into the country.
Recently, staff from China National Aero-technology International Engineering Corporation (Avic-KDN) conducted tests on more than 20 staff in Kigumo, Murang’a County , arrested.
The tests were conducted by human resources managers who are not licensed or registered laboratory technicians. Investigations traced the test kits to a medical supply company located in a residential villa on Laikipia Road in Kileleshwa, Nairobi.