The cost of testing for Covid-19 is likely to drop from about shs250,000 to Shs36,000, a senior official of the National Health Laboratory Services has said.
The official says that with the introduction of rapid test kits, clients will get their result after ten minutes.
Dr Isaac Ssewanyana the director of Uganda National Health Laboratory Services said the performance of the kits which they have been evaluating for the last two weeks, is promising.
“We have been evaluating the rapid test kits for the last two weeks that allow us to get result in a short time. They [kits] are giving us fair results, they performed to a level which is acceptable,” he said on Wednesday.
He said that there is an improvement in the quality of the RDTs which are being imported which makes them believe that the cost of testing the virus will drop significantly.
He said they are currently importing the kits from South Korea and the United States of America.
Today Wednesday, 10/12/2020, Ministry of Health registered 1,199 new Covid-19 infections with 12 virus deaths.
Uganda now has 25,059 confirmed cases Covid-19.