The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng is irked by the high fees charged by private laboratories to carry out the Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests. The Ministry accredited three private laboratories to conduct tests for the virus.
But just one of them; Lancet Laboratories is currently conducting the tests at a cost of 334,900 Shillings, according to Bashir Alicwamu, one of the officials at the facility. The other-MBN laboratories will start conducting tests in two weeks’ time, while the third accredited lab, Medipal hospital laboratory in Kololo, halted the tests because, according to a source at the facility, they were not fully equipped for the task.
However, the same source said that they had already set their fees at 333,000 Shillings for tests which until recently were done free of charge at the various accredited government laboratories across the country.
Dr Aceng says that while they had agreed with the private facilities to charge for the service, they didn’t anticipate it would be this exorbitant.
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng