Tanzania labs can run COVID-19 tests, says Sichalwe

20Dec 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanzania labs can run COVID-19 tests, says Sichalwe

Chief Government Physician, Dr. Aifello Sichalwe, has said that the labs in Tanzania are well equipped and capable of running COVID-19 tests and the results issued have been approved by both regional and global bodies according to the East African Community (EAC) and the-

-qualities outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Sichalwe made the statement during a special visit to inspect the progress of the provision of COVID-19 testing services at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).

He said that Tanzania is among the 6 countries in East Africa whose laboratories have been recognised and accepted by the regional community. According to an assessment report on the quality of COVID-!( testing services that was submitted in November by the East African Community, the State owned Laboratory was rated 100 per cent for test accuracy while other laboratories within the region scored 96-98 per cent, a rating which is higher compared to the WHO’s 80 per cent mark.

However, the ministry through the government community laboratory has recently installed other modern machines to fasten COVID-19 testing for travellers heading to the United Arab Emirates.

He said that following the announcement from the United Arab Emirates that all travellers from Tanzania heading to Dubai to have a 48 hours testing and then finalise with a 6 hours testing before departure.

“I arrived here at the airport to witness the reality and its good. There are enough machines and the teams are continuing with their work and I have seen the tent area outside the airport where passengers will start receiving services. The important thing is that they should come early and on time depending on their flight hours,” said Dr Sichalwe.

According to the Border Health Services Manager and Chief Supervisor for Health Services at the JNIA, Remidius Kakuru, the Ministry of Health has been testing all travellers coming-in and those leaving the country and the exercise is running smoothly.

“I would like to tell all travellers that the services started on the 16th of this month and we are continuing with the testing of flight passengers heading to Dubai.”

“We urge the travellers to arrive at the airport early enough, even seven hours before flight if possible. The cost of these second phase tests are quite the same as those of the first phase.” Said, Kakuru.