Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fathers who went for the DNA test with their children this year reveal that 49 per cent are not their biological fathers.

THE Chief Government Chemist (CGC), Professor Samwel Manyele, has stated that results of fathers who went for the DNA test with their children this year reveal that 49 per cent are not their biological fathers.

He, therefore, noted that it was only 51 out of 100 per cent of fathers who went for the DNA test with their children were found to be biological fathers of their children.
Prof Manyele made the revelation in Dar es Salaam when he was opening a one-day meeting for environmental health stakeholders from various councils in the Eastern Zone on awareness on the use of the Government Chemist Laboratory Agency. According to the CGC, Lake Zone regions, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Mbeya regions are leading in such tests.
“This year, many people have come out for the DNA testing, with some doing so out of their own individual interests and others due to family disputes,” he noted.
The CGC said those who report for the tests out of their personal interests are being given feedback without any complications while the results of those testing because of family disputes are forwarded to the courts of law for transmission to concerned advocates.
Prof Manyele went on explaining that DNA tests also help to enable relevant bodies to make right decisions during investigations on criminal charges, including drunkenness, murder, rape, robbery, and real parenthood of a child.
He said laboratory test results would also help the government, ministries, various departments, private sector, international organisations, religious organisations, universities and the public in general.
On the purpose of the meeting with stakeholders, the CGC said it was meant to strengthen the relationship between stakeholders and the office of the CGC.
Prof Manyele said currently, chemical businesses continue to grow in the country hence the need to meet with various environmental health stakeholders to share knowledge and know-how on the management of the chemicals and their locations.
Prof Manyele said at improving their services, the agency had planned to formulate a bill proposing the creation of a laboratory of the government chief chemist and management of the chemists’ profession.
The CGC added that the proposed bill would also aim at the improvement of availability of equipment and laboratory supplies in accordance with changes in technology. It is also aimed at enhancing modernisation of diagnostic procedures to conform to the rapid changes in science and technology.
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