A perplexing discovery has been made in the Eastern Cape where hundreds of COVID-19 test kits have been found in the veld.

The COVID-19 test kits were found dumped next to the N2 Highway near Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape on Monday morning.

COVID-19 test kits found dumped

A jogger reportedly came across the used COVID-19 test kits while out for their morning run.

The COVID-19 test kits had all the information about the tested patients, the hospitals they came from and appeared to be on their way to Port Elizabeth to be tested.

According to the jogger who was careful not to touch any of the kits, the tests were marked as urgent.

The jogger said that he saw hundreds of the test kits strewn down the side of the highway in black bags.

Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the matter was being investigated by the Eastern Cape Health Department, as well as the National Health Laboratory Services.

Kupelo said an additional statement on the matter would be released later on Monday 29 June.

The department were unable to fix the exact number of COVID-19 test kits or conclusively say how they came to be dumped on the side of the road.

At least one test kit was tagged as having come from Grey Provincial Hospital in King William’s Town.

The Eastern Cape’s COVID-19 challenges

The Eastern Cape has reported 25 099 positive tests for COVID-19 since testing began.

The province has suffered the second most deaths as a result of the virus with 387 deaths in the Eastern Cape being attributed to COVID-19.

This discovery comes as the Eastern Cape’s response to the pandemic is under the spotlight, with the national department of health noting reports from the media and feedback from individuals via social media.

Case management in Eastern Cape hospitals is already being probed by national authorities who will no doubt demand that the dumped COVID-19 test kits are accounted for, and the responsible party dealt with. 

The individuals whose kits were dumped will need to conduct fresh tests once they have been identified.

COVID-19 test kits found dumped

DOH watches on

“As in other provinces, carriers of the Coronavirus seed infection into spaces where people congregate and so we have also seen a number of cluster outbreaks in Eastern Cape,” the department said in its 28 June COVID-19 stats update. 

“Case management in Eastern Cape has also come into the spotlight. We wish to reassure the public that complaints on social media regarding treatment in some of the hospitals, as well as overall public health issues described in the media, have been well noted.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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