Test and Fly, a privately owned laboratory has distanced itself from reports that passengers who missed a flight on Tuesday had been tested by the facility.
There was fury on Tuesday afternoon after over 100 passengers missed their flight to United Arab Emirates after the results of their rapid Covid-19 tests arrived late from Safari laboratory where they had been tested from.
However, in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, Test and Fly said whereas they are part of the six private facilities allowed by government to test travellers for Covid, they were not anywhere involved in the Entebbe saga.
“None of the affected passengers had their samples taken and managed by Test and Fly.Covid testing services at the airport are being offered by six laboratories contracted by the government of Uganda,” the management of the laboratory said in a statement.
“Each of these private testing laboratories was accredited and operates independently from each other and with supervision from government.”
The management also denied reports that it is operating a monopoly as well as distancing itself from reports that it is owned by officials in the Ministry of Health.
“The owners and proprietors of Test and Fly are not any of the alleged Ministry of Health officials. This information is available at the URSB in case of public interest. These and many other baseless allegations against Test and Fly are meant to tarnish the image of the company.”
Government opened up for the private sector to support in Covid testing at the airport and other entry points into the country due to lack of enough capacity to handle the big task.
Consequently, government allowed six laboratories including Safari lab, Same day lab, Case medical lab, Test and fly, Medipal Hospital lab and City medical lab to carry out the tests.