June 24, 2024
Kenya's Health Ministry Sued By Chinese Company For Faulty HIV Kits

Kenya’s Health Ministry Sued By Chinese Company For Faulty HIV Kits

A Chinese business has filed a lawsuit against Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha and Attorney General Justin Muturi for reclassifying HIV testing kits.

In its petition to the High Court, the Chinese business accused the CS of reclassifying some gadgets, resulting in the proliferation of low-quality kits on the market, which the company said transmitted incorrect HIV test results, however, sufficient evidence was not presented to back up this assertion.

According to the Chinese team, their items were classed as Assay 2 (A2) despite the Ministry of Health having previously informed them that the products would be listed as A1.

According to the World Health Organization, A1 tests are the earliest screening tests used to detect HIV infection in a person. This test is quite accurate and has a low risk of failing to detect an infection.

On the other hand, the A2 test is performed after the A1 test to confirm the initial diagnosis.

The corporation not only protested that the new kits were of poor quality, but they were also more expensive, which would only cost taxpayers more money.

The foreign company revealed that the procurement of the kits began in mid-March, and the AG ordered that the kits be provided within a specific time frame.

According to court filings, the foreign corporation initially supplied the kits for a pilot test done in Kisumu, Garissa, Kiambu, and Mombasa.

However, during the implementation phase, the company discovered that their products were reclassified without consultation with the ministry.

In response to the allegations, the Ministry refuted them, stating that the corporation was only in court to preserve its interests, not for the greater welfare of Kenyans.

The Ministry also stated that it had contacted the foreign corporation and conveyed its official position on the entire situation.

Notably, this occurred when HIV infections were on the rise, particularly in nine counties, according to data from the National Syndemic Diseases Control Council (NSDCC). 

In a report, the council stated that the high rate could be attributable to various cultural practices within Kenyan society.

Homa Bay, Siaya, Kisumu, Migori, Busia, Kisii, Mombasa, Samburu, Vihiga, and Uasin Gishu were among the top ten counties with the highest infection rates.

The committee also noted that stigma and a lack of testing tests were the most significant challenges for people afflicted. 

Kenya has previously indicated that it intends to bring the HIV infection rate to the lower end of the spectrum by 2027.

Kenya’s Health Ministry Sued By Chinese Company For Faulty HIV Kits

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