The ministry of health has introduced a COVID-19 testing fee of UGX 240,500 or US$ 65 per test. In addition which it will start charging next month, September.
According to the ministry of health, it is a cost recovery fee for COVID-19 testing services.
“This is a cost-recovery mechanism that will enable the ministry of health to acquire more test kits for continued access to testing services in the country,” a letter from the ministry of health permanent secretary reads.
The ministry of health says it has continued to receive requests from organizations to have their staff tested. However, it finds it difficult to sustain due to the inadequate in-country stock of test kits. In addition, resource constraints, and the high cost of COVID-19 tests.
MOH will charge this fee on specific individuals and organizations
The different categories of people who will pay for the test include Truck drivers at the different options of entry, individuals seeking to know their COVID-19 status, organizations (both government and private) that wish there staff to test, Ugandans from abroad, visitors arriving from into the from other countries.
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However, COVID-19 testing will remain free to patients who present to health facilities with Coronavirus symptoms, contacts of people who have tested positive, community surveys, surveillance samples and Frontline heath workers.
Uganda has been offering free COVID-19 testing across the country where more than 350,000 samples have been tested for Coronavirus of which 2,928 have tested positive.
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