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Ministry of Health Explains The Introduction of COVID-19 Testing Fee

The Ministry of Health on Sunday announced it will start charging Shs240,500 for certain categories and individuals who wish to get tested for COVID-19.

According to a statement signed by Geoffrey Sseremba on behalf of the permanent secretary, the development comes due to the requests from individuals and organisations to get tested which it finds difficult to sustain because of lack of resources.

Sseremba says this is a cost recovery mechanism that will enable MOH to acquire more test kits for continued access to testing services in the country.

The categories of people who will be paying for their testing services include truck drivers, individuals seeking to know their status, organisations, Ugandans from abroad and visitors arriving into the country from other countries.

“A COVID-19 testing fee collection account has accordingly been opened in Stanbic Bank where payments will be made for the mentioned categories,” said Sseremba.

Government will continue testing for free, patients who present #COVID19 symptoms, contacts of confirmed cases, community surveys, health workers and surveillance samples, the Ministry says.

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