DOH on some China test kits: Only 40 percent accurate.

DOH on some China test kits: Only 40 percent accurate.


The Department of Health had a statement that some COVID-19 test kits that came from China are only "40 percent accurate" based from the standards laid down by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"Sa mga naunang pinadala samin na test kits from China, na nakapagpakita ng 40 percent accuracy, hindi po namin ito ginamit dahil nakita nga po na mababa po ang accuracy natin dito. Kaya ito na lang po ay atin itinago," DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

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(The first test kits sent to us by China, that showed only 40 percent accuracy, we did not use because the accuracy rate is low. That's why we only stored them.) 

Vergeire said health officials conducted parallel testing using the Chinese test kits plus test kits from the WHO, while using a specimen or sample from a COVID-19 patient.

Other kits coming from other friendly countries were accurate base on the WHO standards.

"Makakasiguro po ang ating mga kababayan na atin pong vina-validate pa ho ang ating mga donasyon na test kits bago ito gamitin. Makikita po natin dito kung ano ang of-quality at kung ano naman po ang mababa ang kalidad at di dapat gamitin para sa ating mga kababayan," Vergeire said.
(We assure our countrymen that we are still validating our donated test kits before they are used. We'll see here which test kit is low in quality and to be used for our countrymen.)
Spain’s dilemma
A few days back, Spain complained that test kits from China were defective,it fails to accurately diagnose people at hospitals. Spain plans to return said defective kits and would replace them with a different testing kit provided by Shenzhen Bioeasy.

Chinese company that manufactured the COVID-19 test kits- Shenzhen Bioeasy made a statement that the inaccuracy was a result from the fact that they were not able to collect samples or use the kits correctly. The firm said it had not adequately communicated with clients how to use the kits.

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