MoH Gets Boost On National Health Laboratories


shop geneva; font-size: small;”>The boost includes establishment of more Early Infant Diagnosis Hubs [EIDs’] from 19 to 77, enhancement of the EID sample transport network and a rise on results printing machines all to help reduce on time and cost of establishment of HIV/AIDS results in infants.

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The Central Public Health Labs [CPHL] Department under the MoH in partnership with America’s Center for Disease Control, IT giant HP and other development partners witnessed the milestone at CPHL offices in Kampala o Monday.

At the function, 53 motor bikes to boost EID samples transport network were commission alongside 77 HIV GSM results printers and an international standard EID lab.

Speaking at then launch, Health Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda hailed CPHL and its partners for the great contribution to Health care delivery in the country.

“I am confident this will kick start a program that will ensure that every Ugandan no matter how remote has access to hi-tech lab tests for HIV and other epidemics. With this no part of Uganda will be unreachable.”

“The new labs will be handy in offering complex tests histopathology for cancer diagnosis, HIV molecular diagnosis and other diseases which earlier were only carried out by highly specialized personnel at the central public health labs in Kampala.”

He added that the new EID sample transport network will help in reaching deeper in remote areas but will also e utilized in reporting emerging cases, confirm outbreaks thereby facilitating timely interventions.

The minister however noted that despite all this achievements, there is still have a long way to go.

“With a 7.3 percent HIV prevalence among pregnant women and 8% among infants, we still have a lot to do if we are to reach a virtual elimination of of HIV in the country.

According to Dr. Thomas Frieden the CDC Director, the transport network will not only help in diagnosis of HIV among infants.

“It will also be helpful in making follow-ups on suspected cases of cholera, Drug resistant TB so that we can not only treat the individual but also reduce on the spread in the community.


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