Over 100,000 targeted in Kigali mass testing exercise

A man measures temperature for a secondary school student preparing to board a bus in Kigali, Rwanda, on Oct. 31, 2020. They were transferred to boarding schools by bus on Saturday, in preparation for the reopening of schools which have been closed since March due to COVID-19./Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua)

Rwanda’s Ministry of Health said it is targeting to test 106,000 Kigali residents in the next two days as part of a mass testing exercise to determine the prevalence of the pandemic, local publication The New Times reported.

The publication said that the testing will be rolled out at cell level for two days starting July 17.

At least 15 percent of the adult population in Kigali will be tested.

Dr. Tharcisse Mpunga, Minister of State in the Health Ministry, appealed to those whose households have been sampled for the testing to comply and report for the exercise.

“We have already reached out and informed the selected households for testing and sorted movement clearance for them.”

According to Mpunga, everyone above 18 years in the selected household will be tested, and they will receive their results while they are still at the testing centre.

“Cell leaders will determine appropriate testing sites which have the capacity to host the targeted population in their respective cells,” he said.

Mpunga said that the intention behind mass testing is to determine the current situation of COVID cases in Kigali and facilitate those in Home Based Care as well as have clear statistics of most infected areas that they may extend the testing target.