The country is reportedly running out of material like chemicals and containers to put specimen used when testing for COVID-19, the Chronicle reports.
This was revealed in the Ministry of Health and Child Care weekly Covid-19 report which states that the country needs 15 000 viral transport media and 15 000 PCR reagents every month but only 10 % of stocks is available at the moment.
The Ministry’s report shows that there is a low supply of GeneXpert cartridges which will not last for a month. Part of the report that speaks about the decline in testing due to the shortages reads:
Testing was decentralised to improve on the turnaround time but frequent shortages of testing kits and reagents have slowed down the progress made. The number of PCR tests done decreased with average tests for the week standing at 1 240 as compared to 1 946 from the previous week. We also reported a decrease in the positives this week (890) as compared from the previous week (2 280)
The country in the period between 22 to 28 August recorded an average of 81 cases per day, and many of them are according to the Ministry local transmissions and some of them have unknown sources of infection.