All private testing facilities are required to share their results with Ministry of Health for monitoring purposes. Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi said she was invoking the Public Health Act to ensure all laboratory facilities comply with the directive to ensure the facilities follow COVID-19 testing protocols.
She said the government is the custodian of all data and information related to Covid-19 which is a public health issue hence it was mandatory for results to be shared.
“All private testing facilities, as a matter of law and in line with the Public Health Act, must share a report of their results with the Ministry of Health for purposes of record keeping and monitoring”, she said.
Institutions wishing to conduct private testing for their staff are required to liaise with the Ministry. The directive comes in the wake of unconfirmed reports that 17 MPs had tested positive. The CAS said the Ministry of Health was not aware of the status of the legislators since no formal reporting had been done.
Lancet laboratories which has been conducting coronavirus testing services denied the claims that the MPs allegedly tested at the facility were positive.
“Our attention has been drawn to the information circulating in the media about the recent testing for COVID-19 at Parliament grounds… The purported information circulating in the media about COVID-19 confirmed cases at Parliament is incorrect, misleading and should be disregarded,” reads the statement by the facility.
The Senate’s adhoc committee on Coronavirus also dismissed the media reports and cautioned media and social media users against spreading fake news.
As of Wednesday, Kenya had so far recorded 179 confirmed cases after seven more people tested positive for the virus.
Speaking during the daily briefing at Afya House, the CAS said all those who tested positive were Kenyans with travel history.
“In the last 24 hours we have tested 305 people and 7 tested positive. All 7 are Kenyans. 5 from Nairobi 1 from Mombasa and 1 from Uasin Gishu,” she said.