By Demion McTair Updated 4:14 a.m., Tuesday, 14 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)
St. Georges, Grenada (ON SVG) – Coordinator of the National Covid-19 Response in Grenada, Dr. George Mitchell has praised the Covid-19 test kits received from Venezuela, saying they are “pretty decent”.
Responding to a journalist’s question about the anti-body test kits, Dr. Mitchell said the “this particular rapid test that we have has a fairly decent validity rate and, that is at about 85 percent, so that is pretty decent”.
“We have known other rapid tests that have less sensitivity, 65 or 70”, Dr. Mitchell said, referring to the validity rate. “This particular one has a sensitivity of about 85 percent, so it is pretty decent” -the country’s former Chief Medical Officer added.
Dr. Mitchell said the health ministry is formulating a strategy as to how to use the tests, with random testing and, testing of persons who contact the Covid-19 hotline being options under consideration so far.
A number of Caribbean countries who have relations with Venezuela or are or part of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – ALBA, have received donations of the rapid tests from Venezuela.
ALBA, which means “dawn” in Spanish, was conceived by Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chávez and was created by Venezuela and Cuba as an alternative to the U.S.-led Free Trade Area of the Americas, according to Britannica.
Grenada, on Saturday, received 3,000 of the tests and, St. Vincent and the Grenadines also received 3,000.
There have been questions in some circles surrounding the accuracy and quality of the tests.