Government to start charging for Covid-19 testing

Sseremba says it has become very hard for the Ministry to meet the high demand of testing staff of different organisations/companies as testing kits are inadequate and very expensive.

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The government of Uganda has introduced a testing fee of Shs240,500 per person in case one wants to know his/her COVID-19 status.

According to a letter signed on August 27 by the under Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Geoffrey Sseremba, all Directors of government institutions have been informed about the new development in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sseremba says it has become very hard for the Ministry  to meet the high demand of testing staff of different organisations/companies as testing kits are inadequate and very expensive.
“In view of the above fact therefore, the government has introduced a testing fee of $65 (about Shs240,500) per test for certain categories of individuals and organisations.
This is a cost recovery mechanism that will enable the ministry of health to acquire more testing kits for continued access to testing services across the country,” Sseremba said the letter.

He however reaffirmed government’s commitment to continue  carrying out free testing services to certain categories that include; contacts of the confirmed cases, patients that present themselves to hospital with signs and symptoms of COVID-19, surveillance samples and frontline workers among others.

Todate, Uganda has a cumulative number of positive cases of 2,928 while 30 people have been confirmed death due to Covid-19.

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