The much talked about home DNA test kits that caused an uproar on social media have now been declared unauthorized.
This comes after Kenyans were made aware that they can collect their DNA swab for home testing, with the kit available at pharmacies at a retail cost of about ksh.800.
The ministry of heath, through Pharmacy and Poisons Board(PPB) warned Kenyans about using the home DNA test kit. On Thursday the PPB issued a statement to newsrooms declaring that they have not given a green light for the sale of such test kits. They cautioned Kenyans to be on the look-out for such test kits.
“It has been brought to the attention of the Pharmacy and poisons Board that unauthorized Home DNA test kits are being marketed on digital plat forms for retail in the Kenyan market,” stated the board CEO Dr. Fred Siyoi in the statement.
Furthermore, the CEO also stated that the PPB had not authorized for any retailers to sell such kits and appealed to the public to be on the lookout for such kits.
Kenyans have taken to social media to comment on what the government said about the home DNA test kits , some said it was not right for the government to do so, others questioned if they need permission from the government to know if their kids are theirs.
How the DNA test kit work
When using the test kit, you are required to take samples as instructed by the leaflets and then pack the samples in the provided mailing envelope.
The results are then expected within five days after the samples are received.
Even though the Home DNA test kit is said to cost sh.800, a DNA test cost more than sh.16,000, medics corrected the claims of a DNA test to only cost the amount mentioned in shops.