Tanzania President John Magufuli rejected imported test kits for the COVID-19 after discovering they are faulty, according to an Al Jazeera report.
The President said returned results on samples from a goat and a pawpaw turned into positive.
While he was delivering remarks in an event in Chato in early May this year, he said there were “technical errors” with the tests.
President Magufuli already received criticisms with his administration being secretive in the condition of pandemic in the country.
Tanzania’s leader asked the citizens to “pray the coronavirus away.”
He said he already asked Tanzanian security forces to check the quality of the kits.
Local scientists randomly took samples from several non-human samples, including from a pawpaw, a goat and a sheep. They assigned them human names and ages.
Later on, authorities submitted these samples to Tanzania’s laboratory to test for the coronavirus.
However, the lab technicians were unaware of their origins.
The president said samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19.
He said people will test positive when they actually have not even contracted the virus at all.
During the speech, he said he will not accept all the donated kits from abroad.
Meanwhile, the President also placed an order for an herbal treatment for the coronavirus touted by the president of Madagascar.