Nairobi clinic claiming to sell coronavirus test kits shut down

By Fay Ngina | Tuesday, Mar 17th 2020 at 09:26
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Officials at the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board (KMPDB) on Monday, March 16, raided a cosmetic -dermatology clinic at Yaya Centre purporting to be selling Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits.

The raid came after an advert from the Avanè cosmetic -dermatology clinic and medical spa went viral on various social media platforms.

The advert stated that the COVID-19 test kits cost Sh3,000 adding that there were only 400 remaining kits from a 1,000-unit stock.

Many Kenyans on social media raised concerns over the advert with most of them questioning if it was genuine.

However, the clinic management stated that they were yet to order for any kits.

After a thorough search on the facility to find the kits, 15 staff members were taken for interrogation by the KMPDB officials. The clinic was shut down to allow investigations.

On Monday evening, Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said that the number of coronavirus in the country stood at three as they held 20 people at the Mbagathi District Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for monitoring.

“The three persons (at KNH) meet the criteria of suspect cases, which includes cough and difficulty in breathing.”

"We have put measures in place to ensure the situation does not escalate,” Oguna said.

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