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Baho International Hospital supplements government efforts on COVID-19 testing

By IGIHE
On 2 March 2021 at 09:44

On 17th December 2020, the Health Ministry permitted selected private clinics to carry out COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in order to ease public access to voluntary testing. It was previously conducted by some of public health facilities and Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC).

Baho International Hospital is among health facilities that came out to offer the service.

IGIHE has visited the clinic in Nyarutarama, Kigali city to get deeper insights into the clinic’s operations starting from the reception until a client gets COVID-19 test results.

The hospital has designated an isolated space for COVID-19 test to avoid transmission of the virus in case an individual is positive.

As you enter Baho International Hospital, all measures recommended to contain the spread of COVID-19 are observed reinforced with signposts with messages that remind all visitors to respect social distancing among others as they sit in the waiting room.

The head of COVID-19 testing department at Baho International Hospital, Munyaneza Janvier says the hospital has all necessary equipment helping people to adhere to preventive measures.

“We have isolated COVID-19 testing building as one of the ways of preventing transmission of the virus. We have also erected signposts with messages that keep patients and other visitors updated on preventive measures among other relevant information. This helps visitors to keep social distancing and avoid any practice that might transmit the virus,” he said.

As you visit, Baho International Hospital, designated staff welcome you in a caring manner and guide you to finance department to clear Rwf 10 000 for COVID-19 test.

The client fills a form where after, provided data are synchronized with RBC system before going for testing.

Inside the testing room, there is a laboratory technician wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and observing strict prevention measures.

All sanitary items are made available and a patient sanitizes the hands before further proceedings.

The rapid antigen test lasts between ten and 15 minutes.

Ms. Tunga Grace, one of the medical personnel carrying outCOVID-19 tests at Baho International Hospital says people should understand the relevance of going for test to know the status of their health.

“Basic symptoms include cough, feeling week, developing respiratory complications, flu and headaches. This is not enough because some people without symptoms are tested positive. That is why it is better to go for testing to know the status of your health even when you have not yet developed symptoms,” she enthused.

COVID-19 test requires laboratory technician to thrust testing kit into the nose to get sample mucous.

Tunga explains that the procedure does not harm individuals because the tool doesn’t go deep inside.

“The testing kit is slightly thrusted and it is not even painful. People should allay their worries and come for testing,” she assures.

In most cases, patients tested positive get first medical aid at the hospital.

Baho International Hospital is among health facilities that carry out COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.
Laboratory technicians at Baho International Hospital wear full personal protective equipment and observe strict prevention measures.
The rapid antigen test lasts between ten and 15 minutes.

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