By Our Reporter | @Xclusive News
The Ugandan Government has cut the COVID-19 Testing costs from $65 to $30 for all passengers arriving in the country.
According to information reaching our news desk, this was decided by the Cabinet during this week’s meeting at State House, Entebbe.
Speaking to reporters,Dr Chris Baryomunsi the ICT and National Guidance minister said PCR tests for arriving passengers shall be carried out by the Government and not private laboratories as it was the case before.
The Cost will be paid through a Bank at the Airport he further noted.
‘It was agreed that the PCR tests for all arriving passengers shall be carried out by the Government, and not the private laboratories that are currently doing the testing. The passengers will pay a recovery cost of 30 USD instead of 65 USD being paid today,’ he said.
The tests had turned into a cash cow for some private clinics.
However, the entire process was poorly managed as passengers were herded in buses for expensive tests.
The arrangement to shift from private laboratories to a government one at the Airport shall be made available within a week.
The Minister also noted that similar arrangements are being organised at the land border points.
Its also noted that the Cabinet also agreed to all travellers entering the country to undergo a mandatory sample removal fot testing COVID-19.
However, passengers with tourist visas will have their samples taken, but will be permitted to proceed to their respective hotels as their results are processed.