Eastern Cape Health investigates ‘dumped’ Covid-19 test kits

Eastern Cape Health investigates ‘dumped’ Covid-19 test kits

The Eastern Cape Health Department says an investigation is underway into the discovery of coronavirus test kits allegedly dumped on the N2 between East London and King Williams Town.

Stock image of a Covid test kit used in a laboratory
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It’s understood that the test kits were in transit at the time of their disposal.

Health Department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo says the matter is not a departmental issue.

“It’s a matter between a courier company and National Health Laboratory Services because these were in transit between hospitals.

“We need them to tell us as to what happened.”


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Kupelo vowed the department would get to the bottom of the matter.

“The process of establishing facts between the two institutions is underway.”

The exact number of test kits which were dumped is not known at this stage.

South Africa is facing a shortage of Covid-19 test kits, with the Department of Health admitting that  it is something that has undermined South Africa’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

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