Huge relief for cross borders
THE Cross Border Traders Association of Zimbabwe (CBTAZ) has clinched a deal with Care Laboratories that will see its members pay only US$15 for Covid-19 PRC testing to allow them to travel outside the country.
CBTAZ chairperson Killer Zivhu yesterday said they would pay the difference on behalf of their members as the PCR tests normally cost between US$60 and US$70.
Since Zimbabwe opened its borders at the start of this month, all travellers are required to provide a Covid-19 free PCR test certificate issued 48 hours before the date of travel.
“As I said before, cross border traders will be tested for Covid-19 in their respective areas but they will only pay US$15 and we will pay the rest.
“All samples are going to be taken to Care Laboratories for testing. We are happy to partner with highly professional people. “We are working with many doctors across the country. We want to reach every corner of the country. We have sourced more than 60 000 testing kits and we hope we will have more than 500 000 kits soon.
“We want to have this same arrangement in Zambia, South Africa and Botswana because cross border traders must tested before they travel back to Zimbabwe,” Zivhu said.
Zivhu appealed to the government to announce the names of all accredited Covid-19 testing laboratories to avoid corruption. There have been reports of testing centres that are issuing fake Covid-19 certificates to cross border traders, who then get turned away at ports of entry and exit.
“People want to know about genuine laboratories because people are being duped. We are appealing to the Health ministry to release the names of all the laboratories that were licensed to issue Covid-19 certificates.
“We will do our best to support President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030, which includes the well-being of all Zimbabweans,” Zivhu said.