The Ministry of Health, through the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), has cautioned Kenyans against using the much talked about home DNA test kits terming them as unauthorized.
Kenyans, taking it throughout social media, showed interest after they learnt one can now collect their DNA swab for home testing, with the kit declared to be available at various pharmacies at a retail cost of about Ksh.800.
In a statement to newsrooms on Thursday, PPB said it had not given the greenlight for the sale of such test kits, further advising Kenyans to be on the look-out for such rogue retailers.
“It has been brought to the attention of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) that unauthorized Home DNA Test Kits are being marketed on digital platforms for retail in the Kenyan market,”
“Please note that the PPB has not authorized any retailer to sell such Kits and hereby appeal to the public to be on the lookout for retailers marketing these, Kits.” stated the board CEO Dr. Fred Siyoi in the statement.
“Consumers are encouraged to report to the PPB in case they come across any retailer selling related products.” Added Dr. Siyoi.