The health chief of Nakhon Si Thammarat in southern Thailand has ordered all public hospitals to stop using China-made Covid test kits. Dr Charaspong Sukree ordered the use of the Lepu SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid test kits to be discontinued due to a high percentage of false positive results.
Dr Charaspong said more than 1,000 people have been tested using Lepu covid test kits, which produced 187 positive results for Covid-19. When this “infected” group was subjected to real RT-PCR tests, only 92 of the 187 tested positive for covid-19.
He told Thai PBS that “This is 50% false positives, which cannot be accepted for use in hospitals. Mainly, because it’s unethical. Dr Charaspong added that he had already ordered all hospitals in the province to stop using Lepu covid test kits from China.
He went on to say that the Lepu SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid test kits made in China are not a problem “but they were not being used for their intended purpose,” saying these covid test kits should be used on people at low risk. to be infected. Not high risk people who need to be tested with a more reliable tool in a hospital.
“It’s OK for home use, if people want to use them, but not for healthcare professionals,” he said.
Thailand’s National Health Security Bureau purchased 8.5 million Lepu SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid test kits, produced by Chinese medical technology Lepu, through the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) for free distribution.
The ATK test kits were purchased despite strong protests from the Rural Doctor Society of Thailand, which expressed doubts about their reliability and high price.
Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ATKs for home use, claiming they have been approved by several European countries.
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