The Ministry of Health of Uganda has admitted to blunder in COVID-19 test results, according to report by Uganda’s Daily Monitor.
However, the Health Ministry had also developed strategies to address the inconsistencies in the results being released by various accredited laboratories in the country.
According to the ministry, some people are claiming to have received two different result slips, one showing positive and the other negative, while others claim to have taken two different samples on the same day.
However, on June 11, 2020, Uganda’s President, Museveni accused Makerere University laboratory for faking COVID-19 test results.
“Some of the 679 confirmed cases were classified as positive (for COVID-19) when they are not by a laboratory in Makerere because they were careless. Apparently, there were a few people working there and probably got tired,” President Museveni said.
In response, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s Health minister, said the ministry is receiving more complaints about the discrepancies in COVID-19 test results.
“Some people claim to have received two different result slips, one indicating positive and the other negative. Others claim to have taken two different samples on the same day and these give different results,” she said.
She equally noted that the differences in results “may arise from the sampling technique and the number of samples taken.”