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Uganda: WHO Opens a Supranational TB Reference Lab in Uganda
Source: allafrica.com
Source Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Focus: Health
Country: Uganda
Created: Jul 16, 2013

This means the lab can now carry out rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis, including multi-resistant strands. It also means other countries in the region can now send samples to be tested here at the lab than send them to South Africa or abroad like the case has been.
"It's going to be much easier in terms of disease diagnosis," said the lab's head Dr. Moses Joloba during the launch yesterday. "We now have the equipment, the necessary facilities and the capacity. It will be taking us less than two hours to carry out a diagnosis."
He said as a lab with a supranational status, they will also be engaged in research and will be responsible for quality assurance of all diagnoses done in the country. They will also provide technical assistance to other health personnel from laboratories both in Uganda and Africa.
Also, as a result of this elevation, he said the Government has agreed to build the lab a new home. The new home will be located in Luzira, a Kampala suburb. It is estimated to cost about $2.4m.
He said that the Government had already procured them the money. They have an artistic impression of the new home. What is remaining is for the Kampala Capital City Authority to approve their plan and they commence construction. He didn't specify when they will shift from Wandegeya.
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