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Coronavirus COVID-19 Testing in Zimbabwe: The Facts

Coronavirus COVID-19 Testing in Zimbabwe: The Facts

Zimbabwe currently has one COVID-19 testing center situated at the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory (NMRL) situated at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital in Harare.

The NMRL can test up to 400 samples per day using the real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine. The test is conducted using the PCR diagnostic method which has a 100% accuracy rate. The testing process takes about 5 hours.

As a standard and quality control procedure, the tested samples are also sent to South Africa for second testing.

In the event that the NMRL testing centre becomes overwhelmed, other samples can be send to Biomedical Research & Training Institute (BRTI), National Virology Reference Laboratory at Parirenyatwa Hospital and African Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology (AiBST) at Wilkins Hospital.

Zimbabwe has the expertise and manpower to test for COVID-19. The country also has 132 Gene Expert Machines in public health institutions which are soon to be used for COVID-19 testing in Provincial and District Hospitals.

The government has also engaged private institutions to complement in COVID-19 testing.

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