Government outs cost of voluntary COVID-19 test

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 28 July 2020 at 04:09

Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) has announced that COVID-19 testing services will be offered to all who require it including both departing and arriving passengers on a commercial flight.

The plan was set up four days before the resumption of commercial flights.

The testing services have begun this Tuesday, at two different locations including Gikondo at the immunization program office and the Petit Stade in Remera.

The person will first ask the date on which he will be tested and pay for it. A Rwandan who needs this service will have to pay Rwf47,200($ 50) first to the Bank of Kigali account.

"We would like to inform you that the ongoing free testing of people who have met with the infected ones or the groups that are being monitored, is a public health activity and will not be affected by this program," he said.

The Director-General of the Rwanda Biomedical Center(RBC), Dr. Nsanzimana Sabin, recently said that the health authorities are ready, as it has been decided that every arriving passenger supposed to show a Covid-19 negative test certificate, and also undergo a second Covid-19 test upon arrival.

This is different from before because one could take a plane and travel, in many countries they had no testing instruments, and even in Rwanda, there was not yet enough capacity to test mass of people. Rwanda can now examine over 6,000 tests per day.

So far, Rwanda has recorded a total of 1879 confirmed cases with 58 new cases, 55 from Kigali in villages under lockdown, two in Rusizi District, and one in Musanze District. The total number of recoveries is 975, while the number of patients is 899. The total number of the sample tests taken is 248,294.