Cameroon has carried out the first paid Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 tests this Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Hundreds of travellers were screened at the Yaoundé Multipurpose Sports Complex, after presenting their receipts.
A recent presidential decree instituted the fee that will henceforth be paid for PCR tests in Cameroon.
Accordingly, all persons travelling out of the country will have to pay a a flat rate of FCFA 30,000 for a PCR test.
The decision is enshrined in Ordinance No. 2022/001 of 2 June 2022.
Most countries still require travelers to present PCR test results to be at the airport upon arrival.
All payments are made online through the website of the Ministry of Finance, www.tresorpublic.cm. Cash payments are not allowed.
In a press release signed on June 13, 2022, Public Health Minister, Dr. Manaouda Malachie explains, “The enrollment process at the said platform allows the generation of a unique code and a payment receipt that the user will present at one of the sampling sites of the network of laboratories approved for carrying out these tests.”
Apart from this site, payment can also be made at the National Public Health Laboratory, Laquintine Hospital in Douala and the Garoua Regional Hospital Centre. More payment sites will be opened in Bafoussam and all border health posts.
For now, PCR tests are carried out at Centre Pasteur and the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex. Authorities say approved testing centres will be created in the country’s ten regions in the days ahead.
Results of the tests are available 24 hours after they are carried out.
Kathy Neba Sina