Islamabad: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has warned that unverified coronavirus testing kits may jeopardize lives.
Fawad Chaudhry took to social media to address the issue of unverified coronavirus testing kits that might not be reliable and will endanger the lives of people if an infected patient is declared healthy by such inaccurate testing kits.
“I want to give a warning to the provincial governments and the NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority), that unverified testing kits for the coronavirus are being flooded,” he said.
Chaudhry urged the authorities that until the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) confirms its kits of Pakistan, one should import only certified kits.
Earlier, federal minister has announced that locally manufactured ventilators and testing kits would soon hit the market and will bolster the operational capacity of hospitals and healthcare workers across the country.
The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has reached a total of 1,870 as authorities scramble to ensure sufficient availability of essential medical equipment and protective gear to assist healthcare workers in their fight against virus outbreak.