Uganda’s   Clinical Lab Award Best in Africa

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng


The Makerere University –Johns Hopkins University Core Laboratory has been recognized and awarded for Best Practice In Laboratory Medicine by the African Society Of Laboratory Medicine (ASLM).

This was during the international conference of ASLM held in Cape Town.

Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, approved while commenting on the award, pharm said the Ministry was pleased by this milestone in Uganda’s National Laboratory Diagnostics and Surveillance services.

“As you may all know, laboratory services are the gateway to quality health care due to their very important role in confirming patient diagnosis and hence guide treatment. Laboratory services help in identification of disease outbreaks and hence enable timely control measures that why we look out for any achievements” she said.

While addressing the media at the Uganda Media Centre on Thursday Dr Aceng added that Laboratories are also instrumental in disease surveillance as they help estimate the burden of disease though they have for long been neglected.

“Despite their pivotal role in quality health services and disease surveillance, laboratory services have for long been neglected in most developing countries. It was against this background that the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) moved to put laboratories at the forefront through the awards”.

Uganda’s recognition, she said reflects government and partners’ commitment and efforts to strengthen laboratory services to assume their central place in health care delivery.

ASLM is a pan-African professional body whose major objective is to promote the strengthening of laboratory services on the African Continent. It works to advance laboratory medicine practices, science and networks in Africa.


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