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Museveni launches Covid-19 testing laboratories at Entebbe Airport

Museveni launches Covid-19 testing laboratories at Entebbe Airport
President Yoweri Museveni, has launched the COVID19 laboratories to be used for mandatory Covid-19 testing of all incoming passengers through Entebbe International Airport.

At a function held at Entebbe International Airport, the president officially launched the laboratories to be used as the government moves to curb the importation of deadly variants of the coronavirus into the country.

Speaking at the launch, Museveni commended all the stakeholders who had played a role in making it possible including the Finance Ministry, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Works and Transport, UPDF Engineering Brigade and Civil Aviation Authority.

”I am pleased to commission the Entebbe International Airport COVID-19 laboratories. These will be used as government testing facilities (mandatory) for all incoming passengers through our airport. I commend the good work by @UgandaCAA and the Army Brigade” Museveni said.

According to Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja the measure is intended to curb further importation of the deadly variants of the coronavirus into the country but also to guard against the third wave of the deadly virus.

Whereas the mandatory testing of incoming passengers by the government was set to begin last month, it was postponed to allow government to prepare facilities to use.

The Ministry of Health has consequently set up the testing laboratories at the airport and trained laboratory technicians, data entrants and all the other port-health staff to manage the process.

The turnaround time for the mandatory Covid test results will be reduced from four hours to two hours and 15 minutes.

Five PCR test machines with the capacity to test 300 samples per hour are in place at Entebbe International Airport whereas the facility has the capacity to test 3,600 passengers in 12 hours and 7,200 passengers in 24 hours.

On the other hand, the tests will each cost $30 which is about Shs107,000.

Speaking at the same function, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority Director-General, Fred Bamwesigye applauded the government for funding the facility.

“I want to thank the cabinet for taking up this very important decision to have testing done not anywhere else but the premises of the airport because of the embedded facilitation value for our passengers and visitors to this country,” Bamwesigye said.

According to the Uganda Civil Aviation spokesperson, Vianney Luggya, a notice to airmen communicating the details of the mandatory testing requirements to all airlines is to be immediately processed and issued accordingly.

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