Rwanda inaugurates nucleic acid testing laboratory
Written by: Daniel Tuyizere
Friday, February 16th, 2018, 10:05
Rwanda’s State Minister of Public and Primary Healthcare, Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi on Thursday inaugurated Nucleic Acid testing Laboratory, the first of its kind in the country.
Opening the laboratory unit at the national referral laboratory in Kigali, the minister said that Rwanda will now be able to test and provide feedback on different tests that previously were taken outside the country.
“The machines we acquired are additional to the traditional ones that we had and are going to help us test different diseases including those that are caused by bacteria, viruses, also will help test the quantity of drugs taken by patients and food poisoning, among others,” observed Dr Ndimubanzi.
The laboratory acquired state of the art equipment worth $650,000 (approx. Rwf550,840,000). The minister noted that every patient with medical insurance will have access to such tests and it relieves the burden of sending tests outside the country which often takes time and resources.
At the event, citizens were advised to take care of their health and guarding against preventable diseases like high alcohol consumption, smoking tobacco and other drugs that can harm their lives.
With the new laboratory, a lot is expected in terms of bringing health services close to the people and improving service delivery as tests of differentviruses, bacteria, fungal, and toxicology that normally had to be examined out of the country will be carried in the country.