Free COVID-19 testing services for students going to study abroad to be offered by health ministry
The Ministry of Health and Social Services will conduct free COVID-19 tests for students intending to conduct studies abroad as of 6 November, a government official said on Tuesday.
The tests will be done by authorized COVID-19 testing laboratories in the country and they will be done on their departure to study abroad provided adequate proof has been submitted by the student, the Health executive director, Dr Ben Nangombe said in an announcement.
“The students will only be tested twice a year at government expense. The amendment to student COVID-19 test exemption permit provided by the health ministry was brought about by the fact that some students were now requesting for this service with frequent regularity,” he added.
Nangombe said mandatory documentation required will include: certified copies of a valid passport; proof of registration or confirmation letter from the university for the year; valid study permit and copies of student card.
Meanwhile, he said the government continues to offer assistance and would like to appreciate the public for its assistance and cooperation in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.