PRAYER BREAKFAST AND THANKSGIVING
NHLDS Headquarters- 20 Jan 2023
On this special day of prayers and thanks giving to the Lord, the Lab fraternity invited Honorable Minister of Health and Bishop Hannington Mutebi of Kampala Diocese to grace the day. Our guests were, Minister of State for Health(PHC), Hon. Margaret Mahanga, His Eminence the deputy Mufti, The PS-MOH Dr. Diana Atwine, and the area MP, Hon Balimwezo.
This day was organized to give thanks to the Lord for taking us through the difficult years of outbreaks EBOLA and COVID-19. The Ebola virus had spread to 8 other districts inclusive of the city, Kampala. Over 4000 blood samples of Ebola suspects were tested in the Laboratory, 143 people were confirmed to have Ebola Virus Disease, 55 of whom died.
Over 2 million Covid-19 samples were tested. The country was terrified, tourists cancelled bookings, money lost ,and with no idea how long it would take for the country to stabilize
The Laboratory has been on the fore front of case detection and confirmation right from the first case. The Laboratory Department of MOH deployed a mobile Laboratory at the Epicentre in Mubende, the frontline of the outbreak, and this helped to reduce the time for testing samples to giving out of results from 3 days to just 6 hours.
"I would like you to join me in congratulating the Commissioner and her staff in the department, and the whole Laboratory fraternity in the country for the work well done in management of the Ebola outbreak, COvid-19 and for improving Laboratory services for the people of Uganda.
I want to thank H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda, for embracing scientific approach to public health management. I thank all our Partners and more especially CDC and othe rUnited States Government Agencies for walking with us along the path of strengthening Health Laboratory system in Uganda" Said Hon. Margaret Mahanga.
The Commissioner NHLDS, Dr. Susan Nabadda, PS-MOH and Hon. Minister of State went ahead to sign the Launched Lab Agenda 2023 and the proposed construction of Public Health Emergency Response Laboratory
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