Company offers free DNA testing in Bulawayo

Company offers free DNA testing in Bulawayo
Published: 27 August 2017 (4502 Views)
A LOCAL company, Global DNA Zimbabwe has introduced free Deoxyribonucleic (DNA) testing to under-privileged members of the society as a way of ensuring more people have access the service.

DNA testing in Zimbabwe is expensive with the cheapest being offered at the National University of Science and Technology clinic in Bulawayo for $100. Most private health centres charge from $300, an amount most people can not easily afford.

Global DNA Zimbabwe principal consultant Mr Tinashe Mugabe said his company which opened a branch in Bulawayo early this year, was offering the free service upon vetting if the people seeking the services are poor. The normal charge at the institution is $350.

"Our services should be available for everybody with and without money. We also believe the underprivileged people in the society must also benefit and fulfil their desires in seeking the truths about parentage and also helping them discover their blood relatives and have peace of mind," he said.

Mr Mugabe said those who do not have the required fees for the tests are interviewed on radio where their case is heard and when they are satisfied they are offered the tests for free.

"We positively impact our clients every day, and even go one step beyond by donating our services to many couples, having parentage disputes through a sponsored Star FM programme under the Tilda live show on Tuesdays at 10pm," he said.

Mr Mugabe said since they opened doors in Bulawayo, there has been a huge response from locals seeking DNA testing.

"There are many legal cases that were being referred to Harare from Bulawayo that we handled and people needed clarity on paternity. Armed with this we decided to bring services to the people of Bulawayo rather than having them travel to Harare," he said.

Mr Mugabe said people who visit their place are either referred from the courts or come on their own.

"People sometimes just want closure over issues of paternity and they come to us and we offer Peace of Mind DNA tests, while some actually come via the justice system and we assist them," he said.

Global DNA Zimbabwe was founded by Mr Mugabe, Dr Enock Sithole and Mr Trust Maanda on the belief that technological advancements in DNA testing should translate into services that are accessible and affordable to everyone.

"We provide comprehensive DNA testing services in four areas: paternity and family relationships; lifestyle testing including ancestry, health and wellness, veterinary, and forensics testing," said Mr Mugabe.

Mr Mugabe said for the DNA to take place samples (paternity cheek swab samples) are independently tested two times.

- Sunday News

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Mugabe's son admitted to Parirenywatwa hospital

by Staff Reporter | 18 July 2018 | 400 Views

What are some of the best online games?

by Agencies | 18 July 2018 | 108 Views

Seizing opportunities in Zimbabwe's new era

by Never Ncube | 18 July 2018 | 142 Views

Chamisa rejects Zec's conditions for talks

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 263 Views

Tamborinyoka charged again for defacing posters

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 136 Views

Khupe, Wilson pledge to revive Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 130 Views

70% think Zec is non-partisan?

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 132 Views

ZEC intensifies preps for elections

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 127 Views

Woman assaults step daughter

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 140 Views

Chikurubi inmates graduate

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 135 Views

Inmate 'demands' kiss

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 171 Views

Pokello's son in Young Warriors team

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 145 Views

Is Mnangagwa going the Yahya Jammeh-way?

by Benny Gudo | 18 July 2018 | 132 Views

King Lobengula Foundation celebrates Mandela100 Centenary

by Sizwe Mda | 18 July 2018 | 102 Views

WATCH: Mnangagwa's message to fellow Twimbos

by Staff Reporter | 18 July 2018 | 126 Views

Zimbabwe dismisses new currency claims

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 142 Views

Mnangagwa says, 'Zim poised to be jewel of Africa'

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 207 Views

Pay rise for civil servants

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 271 Views

Inside Chamisa's winter of discontent

by Tichaona Zindoga | 18 July 2018 | 260 Views

Fading giants name new club boss

by Staff rpeorter | 18 July 2018 | 199 Views

Mnangagwa to name, shame land barons

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 227 Views

Matanga bans Chihuri raffle ticket sales

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 214 Views

Goba tribunal takes oath of office

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 155 Views

Hands off ZEC, says Youth League

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 168 Views

MDC-Alliance spoiling for fight they can’t win

by Lloyd Msipa | 18 July 2018 | 172 Views

Victory is certain, claims Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 152 Views

Zimbabwe inflation rate hits 2,91%

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 146 Views

Bosso set for EGM

by Staff rpeorter | 18 July 2018 | 135 Views

Air Zimbabwe offers reward package

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 180 Views

Bosso fans group donate to ball-boys

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 84 Views

'Review of taxes, utility costs'

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 156 Views

Teachers sue property developer after stands deal sours

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 161 Views

Cheating couple locked up

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 227 Views

Cold spells till August

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 206 Views

Hippo attack, drown women in Zambezi river

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 163 Views

Tamborinyoka seeks removal from remand

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 154 Views

Chamisa's postal vote challenge hits a brickwall

by Staff reporter | 18 July 2018 | 242 Views