Government Reduces COVID-19 Test Fees

The ministry of health has reduced the Covid-19 test fees by US $15(UGX 55,500) to the US $50 (UGX 185,000). The ministry has attributed the move to the reduction in the cost of transportation of the testing material.

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“I could like to inform you that the cost of transporting laboratory testing kits and other supplies from the point of manufacture to the country has reduced due to resumption of international flights,” a letter from the ministry of health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine, reads in part.

In September, the ministry of health started charging Covid-19 test fees of US $65 (UGX 240,500) for specific individuals and organisations in what was described as a cost recovery mechanism.

The people who are charged include, truck drivers, individuals seeking to know their Covid-19 status, those seeking for Covid-19 certificates for international travel, and organisations wishing to test their staff for purpurses of prevention.

Ugandans and visitors from abroad without negative COVID-19 certificates will also have to pay for Covid-19 testing.

“Government will continue to offer free testing services to patients who present to health facilities with Covid-19 symptoms, contacts of people who have tested positive for Covid-19, community surveys to establish the extent of the spread of the virus, surveillance samples and Frontline Heathcare workers,” she said.

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To-date, the ministry of health has carried out 534,072 tests since the beginning of the outbreak were 11,297 have been recorded.

The latest Covid-19 results done are from tests done on 23 October 2020 which confirmed 134 new cases.

These were from the 134 contacts and alerts including 86 from Kampala, Gulu (23), Luwero (14), Busia (5), Jinja (4), Isingiro (1), and Kyotera (1).

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