January 17, 2021

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Health minister Dr Dorothy Gwajima on Covid-19

“Covid-19 tests now to cost a standard fee of $100” Says Minister of Health

The ministry of health has announced changes in charges of Covid-19 testing fees for all travelers leaving the country with immediate effect.

According to the statement issued by Tanzania Health minister Dr Dorothy Gwajima. Everyone testing for Covid- 19 will now have to pay $100 or Tanzanian Shillings 230,000. Whether they are nationals or foreigners.

However, This is opposed to the initial arrangement where Tanzanians were required to pay Sh40,000, whereas residents were paying Sh70,000 and foreigners were required to pay $100.

The new arrangement has already affected some travelers who recently went to sample collection centers and discover the new fees.

 

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The Health Minister statement says. “The results of the Covid-19 tests would be obtained within 48 hours for travelers who are upcountry, whereas those in Dar es Salaam will get their results in 24 hours”.

In Dar es Salaam. Travelers can visit Muhimbili National Hospital, Amana Hospital in Ilala, Temeke Hopsital, IST Clinic, and the Aga Khan Hospital.

Other hospitals include Sinza, Mbagala and Kigamboni Hospital, all in Dar es Salaam. With the statement, further instructing the Government Chief Chemist to supervise the submission of samples to the National Laboratory.