Rwanda currently has capacity of 2000 tests for COVID-19 daily. PHOTO | FILE
By ARAFAT MUGAB
Rwanda’s COVID-19 testing capacity is set to double after receiving a new mobile lab unit from the East African Community (EAC) that will make it easy for testing to be carried out countrywide.
Rwanda currently has capacity of 2000 tests for COVID-19 daily.
However, with the addition of mobile testing units, combined with 2 testing sites and in each district and referral hospitals that can collect specimens for testing across the country, this number is expected to double.
Dr Sabin Nsanzimana, Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) has told Rwanda Today that two mobile vans equipped with one mobile laboratory and transport lab technicians as well as COVID-19 testing kits and consumables will arrive in the country today, Friday, April, 17.
“The uniquely-fitted vans, have been equipped to carry out the same function as a laboratory which is an addition to efforts already in place to increase the number of samples tested per day,” said Dr Nsanzimana
“Now sampling and testing units will be deployed nationwide to all priority districts where cases or suspected people of Coronavirus will be tested without requiring to take samples and bring them to Kigali for testing.” he said.
The mobile laboratory is equipped with test kits and personal protective gear, including gloves, gowns, masks, goggles and shoe protectors.
The mobile labs will focus on sampling a range of specimens for Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and will be used for rapid test when the kits become available.
Dr Nsanzimana said that these labs will also be used in times of other outbreaks or epidemics because its build in a way that it can accommodate other equipment’s to test other diseases. It only requires changing its operating system and install other equipment’s meant to test for any other disease.
“We have specialist to operate the lab because last month two lab technicians, two drivers and four Biomedical engineers were trained on how to use the lab for testing the diseases.” he said.
Credit to EastAfrica Today.