The Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologies Board has shut down Nairobi’s Lang’ata Hospital laboratory for allegedly carrying out fake Covid-19 tests.
An impromptu visit by board officials established that the facility did not have coronavirus testing kits, but it has been duping unsuspecting Kenyans.
The board CEO, Patrick Kisabei, said that the private hospital had been charging Ksh5,500 to conduct a single test.
However, officials in the hospital have been taking the samples they take to Kenya Medical Research Centre Institute (Kemri) for analysis.
“The reason why we have decided to close this laboratory is that they are lying to the public that they are doing the Covid-19 testing while they are not,” Kisabei said.
He said the management of the hospital could be colluding with Kemri officers to make money.
The government research institute is not supposed to charge for Covid-19 tests.
“We have also tried to establish if there is an agreement with the public institution (KEMRI) to conduct the tests and we managed to get a document which is now a subject of investigation.”
In addition, the board officials discovered that the facility had been stocked with government-labelled reagents.
Kisabei wondered how the reagents, which are not supposed to be sold, made it to the private facility
Several senior officials at the Lang’ata Hospital, including Chief Operations Officer, Laboratory Manager and Laboratory Technologist, were arrested and will help the police with investigations.
Recently, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman warned Kenyans that some hospitals, especially in Nairobi, were conducting fake Covid-19 tests.