Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) has reduced the cost of COVID-19 rapid test from Rwf10, 000 to 5,000.
“Rwanda Biomedical Center informs the public that effective 9th August 2021, the price of a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 in private clinics shall not exceed Rwf5, 000. The list of accredited private clinics that can conduct COVID-19 tests will be communicated soon,” reads the statement released by RBC.
Many people have been opting for ‘Antigen Covid-19 rapid test’ but there were concerns that the cost is relatively high.
The reduction of COVID-19 rapid test is meant to increase the number of people going for medical check-ups.
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Speaking to the media recently, Dr. Nsanzimana explained that Covid-19 test is likely to be integrated among packages of health services covered by Mutuelle de Santé but it has not yet been confirmed.
There are currently two primary types of COVID-19 tests. The first is the “Antigen Covid-19 rapid test” of which results are released between 15 and 30 minutes at a cost of Rwf10,000 while the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test which provides results after 24 hours costs Rwf 47, 200.