JUBA, 3 March 2021 – Public health authorities in South Sudan have threatened to shutdown COVID-19 private laboratories over the issuance of fake test results.

Last December, the country’s National Taskforce on Coronavirus gave permission to Mid-Blue, a private laboratory, to conduct COVID-19 testing mainly for travelers.

Strengthening South Sudanese Labs - Photo Amref Health Africa

Strengthening South Sudanese Labs – Photo Amref Health Africa

Dr. Angelo Goup Thon - Photo Sudans Post

Dr. Angelo Goup Thon – Photo Sudans Post

In January 2021, other privately-owned laboratories including Nujum Diagnostics, were approved to conduct COVID-19 testings on mostly travelers at between $50 to $100 a test.

The department for Emergency Preparedness at South Sudan Ministry of Health says some of these private laboratories have been providing “incredible data” that confuses the public.

“It happened that one of the private laboratories has 400 plus positives cases without details since it started testing for COVID-19,” Dr. Angelo Goup Thon who is director of the department said Tuesday, speaking to reporters during the COVID-19 weekly media briefing.

“We have given them last chance… to make sure that they submit all details to the Ministry of Health or otherwise, we will give our recommendation to National Taskforce to close them down,” Dr. Goup Thon said.

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