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Rising Misdiagnosis Cases in Kenya

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The Kenya National Union of Medical Laboratory Officers (KNUMLO) has raised concern over the high levels of misdiagnosis of diseases in the country, given that three out of 10 patients in the country get the wrong diagnosis or treatment.

The Union’s Secretary General Enock Wanyonyi said that the cases are as a result of poor quality testing with HIV, H Pylori and tuberculosis.

Mr Wanyonyi observed that recently many cases of HIV misdiagnosis through substandard rapid test strips have been reported in various parts of the country with many individuals wrongly put on antiretroviral (ARVs).

He pointed out that many Kenyans have also been put on anti-TB drugs while those who have been wrongly misdiagnosed for H Pylori as having ulcers, with majority being in Nairobi, are on H Pylori kit costing Sh6,000 yet they do not have the said diseases.

“Many are suffering in silence as the ministry has condemned them in the name of saving numbers to attract donor funds. Only the brave ones have dared to talk and the ministry is doing its best to silence them,” said Mr Wanyonyi.

He said that the proliferation of the cases is as a result of the departments supposed to carry out the tests, which is the medical laboratory officers, being denied the capacity to do the same.

Mr Wanyonyi further pointed out that validation of equipment was given to Pharmacy and Poisons Board, aboard that said before Senate Health committee that it does not have the capacity to carry out validation, raising questions on the safety and quality of medical equipment coming to the country.