The money will be paid in Stanbic Bank, Uganda under the account name, MOH Covid-19 Testing Funds and the account number is 9030017657983.
The targeted groups are truck drivers coming into the country, individuals seeking to know their Covid-19 status and organizations (both Government and Private) that wish to test their staff for purposes of prevention.
Others are Ugandans returning from abroad and visitors arriving into the country from other countries. Each person will be charged Shs240,000 and this will commence on September 1.
The Health ministry says this is to help meet the costs of testing kits.
“… the Ministry continues to receive requests from organizations to have their staff tested, which it finds difficult to sustain due to inadequate in-country stock of test kits, resource constraints and the high cost of Covid-19 testing,” reads a statement from the ministry signed off by the permanent secretary.
“In view of the above fact therefore, the Government has introduced a testing fee of US$ 65 (United States Dollars Sixty-five), or UGX 240,500 (Uganda Shillings forty thousand five hundred only) per test for certain categories of individuals and organizations,” adds the statement.
“This is a cost recovery mechanism that will enable the Ministry of Health to acquire more test kits for continued access to testing services in the country.”
For people not in the above categories like patients who present to health facilities with Covid-19 symptoms, contacts of people who have tested positive for Covid-19, surveillance samples and Front-line Health workers — they will get free testing services.