Social media users have reacted to Tanzanian President, John Magufuli’s claim that imported COVID-19 test kits were faulty after samples collected from a pawpaw and a goat came back as positive.
Magufuli made the claim while questioning the country’s cases of the coronavirus disease and called on the authorities to investigate “sabotage” at the national laboratory.
He said: The equipment or people may be compromised and sometimes it can be sabotage.
“That means there is a possibility for technical errors or these imported reagents have issues. Probably, the technicians are also bought to mislead.”
See reactions to the claim below:
If pawpaw and goats can test positive for Covid 19 then who am I to test negative ?
NCDC don't destroy 9ja with your #TestKitScam . We are watching your every move pic.twitter.com/90fjDHFuVQ pic.twitter.com/UBcjZMYabW
— dotcomupdate202 (@dotcomupdate202) May 5, 2020
Nigerians we need to wake up .. testing kits are being contaminated too .. he made a test on GOAT SHEEP AND PAW PAW .. paw paw tested positive, the goat tested inconclusive and the sheep tested negative .. this is a biochemical war NIGERIA NEEDS TO WAKE from slumber #TestKitScam pic.twitter.com/0aagCIaSXY
— Oladimeji of Lagos ⬜️ (@oladimejilagos) May 5, 2020
Imagine you suspected you had covid19 then opted to get tested.
BUT GOT INFECTED BY A CONTAMINATED TEST KIT
Or got a WRONG POSITIVE RESULT then you get infected in an isolation center.
The next lie will be you are positive but not showing symptoms (asymptomatic)#testkitscam
— Inspiringtrends (@Inspiringtrend2) May 5, 2020
I'm not a medical expert. But having read this story and many other related articles flying around, I can only conclude that the whole world has been played big time. I mean, what a scam is going on?#TestKitScam #NoVaccineTrialsinNigeria pic.twitter.com/SEj9Oa7vsN
— Tha Content Flippa (@contentflippa) May 5, 2020
This is a joke! These test kits are obviously contaminated but they still want to use it on us Nigerians, we are not #NCDCGuineaPigs they want everyone to test positive for COVID so that they would have enough reason to carry out their evil agenda #TestKitScam pic.twitter.com/MWKBYDuWuR
— Chinwe Mariah (@chinwe_mariah) May 5, 2020