Nairobi, Sept. 8 -- Kenya has scaled down on testing due to a lack of reagents, at a critical time when it is considering fully reopening the economy, including schools.

But it has been fighting the fire blindfolded and cannot claim to be flattening the Covid-19 curve when testing has been inconsistent.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe told Parliament last week that the country was staring at a crisis after the US stopped the exportation of reagents to test for Covid-19.

The shortage of testing reagents is not a Kenyan problem alone.

What Kenya hasn't done is diversify the sourcing of the reagents.

South Africa has done nearly 3.76 million tests and recorded more 636,884 positive cases, thanks to sourcing of the reagents and testi...