Reports about the Ksh. 800 DNA kit hit headlines in the course of the week as Kenyans aired their divergent views over the matter.
However,the ministry of health through the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) has come out to caution Kenyans against using the DNA sample testing kits being sold in the market.
In a statement dated Thursday, January 12, the government agency clarified that it had not authorised any institutions, whether local or international, to market or sell the kits in the country.
“It has been brought to the attention of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) that unauthorised home DNA test kits are being marketed on digital platforms for retail in the Kenyan market.
“Please note that the PPB has not authorised any retailer to sell such kits and hereby appeals to the public to be on the lookout for retailers marketing these Kits,” read the statement in part.
Encouraging consumers to report any retailers selling related products, PPB listed authorized medical devices saying they can be found through their website urging Kenyans to check them out.