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Rwanda launches COVID-19 street testing in Kigali
Rwanda has today begun random COVID-19 street testing in Kigali City. Dubbed “Drive through COVID-19 testing,” the movement will test over 5000 people with the aim of getting factual information on the status of COVID-19 in Kigali City and amongst people entering Kigali from different provinces to lead to tactical response to the pandemic.
“This exercise will be repeated every after two weeks. The outcomes will help in taking proper reactive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic,” says RBC Director General, Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana.
With 3 testing sites namely; Amahoro stadium in Gasabo, IPRC in Kicukiro and Camp Kigali in Nyarugenge, the survey targets Kigali residents as they drive to and from their work places. Testing hours are 7: 00 am through 9:00 pm. Candidates will be randomly selected and asked to consent to the testing. This is a 5-minute drive through, where car occupants are not required to vacate their vehicles.
Since the first case of COVID-19 was registered in Rwanda, the country put up stringent measures to fight the pandemic. These include, an operational Joint Task Force that makes timely epidemic response, contact tracing and communication, a competent laboratory that works around the clock to test and give COVID-19 results in the shortest time possible, a Call Centre that works 24/7 to respond to COVID-19 issues and questions via 114, among other.