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SELMEK Medical services suspended over fraudulent COVID19 test results

A Medical worker carrying out a PCR Covid-19 testing (Stock Photo)

The Ministry of Health has suspended SELMEK Medical Services from conducting COVID-19 testing at their facility over issuing out fraudulent results.

Dr. Henry G Mwebesa, the Ministry of Health Director-General Services in a letter directed to the SELMEK Medical Services Executive Director dated 21st July 2021 directed the facility to stop carrying out any tests with immediate effect.

According to Dr. Mwebesa, the Ministry of health through reports from Entebbe international airport and other laboratory results has observed a high rate of fraudulent Covid-19 results for samples associated with SELMEK Medical Services.

He stresses that SELMEK Medical Services is not officially accredited by the Ministry to offer COVID-19 testing services and sample collection.

“With immediate effect, you are instructed to stop Covid 19 testing services”, Mwebesa said.

The Ministry Director-General Services also directed all Covid-19 testing laboratories in the country to shun receiving results from this health facility.

“All Covid 19 testing laboratories are hereby instructed to stop receiving results from your facility”, the statement emphasized.

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The development comes at a time when Uganda has been in the limelight all over the world for issues out fake Covid certificates to passengers which eventually turn out positive on arrival at foreign airports.

By press time, SELMEK Medical Services was unreachable to comment on the directive, as no one could answer the numbers contacted.


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