Rwanda to change Coronavirus testing method

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 17 September 2020 at 04:41

The Government of Rwanda is in the process of adopting a new Coronavirus Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) test method that will be added to the existing Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) system which is 98% reliable and costs Rwf48,400.

On the other hand, the RAT rate is cheaper, as one can cost between Rwf969 and Rwf4 844 Frw, making it easier to use in crowded places such as markets, car parks and many other places where PCR testing is not feasible.

COVID-19 TasK Force coordinator, Dr. Menelas Nkeshimana said that it is not possible to test everyone by PCR alone.

“There is no doubt that all people will be tested for COVID-19 when the RAT is adopted, which we have started to use, and most people in the country will be tested even if it is weekly because the price of the test will be reduced.” He said

The RAT test is easy to use because one can test themselves and get results in a short period of time. It is a test that provides reliable results at a rate of 80%.