Togo: Price of Covid test reduced from $70 to $45

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Thursday, 08 July 2021 16:19
Togo: Price of Covid test reduced from $70 to $45

(Togo First) - In Togo, the cost of the Covid test for those traveling by air was reduced from CFA40,000 (about $70) to CFA25,000 ($45). The decision was validated by the government on July 7 in a decree signed by the minister of health,  Moustafa Mijiyawa, and the minister of finance, Sani Yaya.

The subsidized price of the SARS-CoV2 diagnostic test is set at CFA25,000. Payment terms will be set by decision of the Minister of Finance,” the decree reads.

Effective May 1, 2021, the new price was fixed by the Heads of State of the West African Economic Union (WAEMU). Togo is the 6th country in the Union to implement it. Lomé was preceded by Guinea Bissau, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal. 

In Togo, the six institutions that do Covid tests are the National Institute of Hygiene of Lomé and Kara, the national hygiene laboratory of Lomé and Kara, the national reference laboratory for mycobacteria of the Sylvanus Olympio University Hospital, the mobile laboratory of the Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport of Lomé, the BIOLIM/FSS laboratory of the University of Lomé, the laboratory of the University Hospital of Kara, and the laboratory of the regional centers of Dapaong and Sokode.

 Esaïe Edoh

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