Ministry of Health cuts Covid-19 Testing Fee.

Dr.Diana Atwine, the General Secretary at Ministry of Health
Dr.Diana Atwine, the General Secretary at Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health cuts Covid-19 Testing Fee.

Business had been brought to a standstill at the border between Kenya and Uganda, with trucks clamored up over 60 kilometers due to the high cost of COVID-19 testing. In August, the Government instituted a cost-recovery fee of $65 for COVID-19 testing for some categories of individuals and organizations.

In a statement issued Saturday, The Ministry of Health explained the fee cut, announcing that the cost of transporting laboratory testing kits and other supplies from the manufacturer to Uganda has been reduced with the resumption of international flights.

Dr. Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health, explained why the cost of testing was high. “The basis for the price was actually the logistical costs, incurred while procuring and transporting samples and it was therefore very expensive. But now, the airport opened, and more companies have begun manufacturing test kits therefore the tests are easily available, and the cost has even come down,” Atwine said.