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Baylor Uganda Boosts Epidemics Surveillance In Kasese :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Baylor Uganda Boosts Epidemics Surveillance In Kasese

Baylor has also donated a temporary shelter to host the screening services at Mpondwe border point following the destruction of the old facility when a spirit truck burst into flames in February.
Members of the global health security project steering committee at Mpondwe border point in Kasese to assess teh performance of the project

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Health facilities neighbouring Mpondwe-Lubhiriha border point with the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC have received support from Baylor Uganda to boost the fight against epidemic out breaks in Kasese District.

Baylor Uganda has equipped staff at Bwera and Kagando Hospitals with skills and laboratory equipment to respond to emergency cases. The Organisation is also supporting the screening exercise at the border point and putting up mechanisms to respond to the epidemics by sharing information with the Congolese officials and district surveillance teams. 

Baylor has also donated a temporary shelter to host the screening services at Mpondwe border point following the destruction of the old facility when a spirit truck burst into flames in February. The activities are being conducted under the global health security project to support the region to detect and respond to any epidemic outbreak.  These include COVID-19, Ebola and Cholera.

Dr. Juma Michael,  the project coordinator told URN on Thursday that Uganda is a hot spot for diseases with pandemic potential, which calls for coordinated efforts. Over the last decade, the country has experienced outbreaks of Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever among others. Michael notes that despite the challenges, many health systems identify and respond to disease risks late after the outbreaks have occurred. 

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Michael says that they are also collecting information from health facilities on a regular basis to detect any unusual cases.  He mentions that the project's main goal is to improve the capacity to rapidly detect and respond to public health threats and emergencies in the border districts in the Rwenzori region. 

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Dr. Baluku Asanairi, the Deputy Medical Director of Kagando hospital, says that their laboratory has been upgraded from star one level to four where they will be able to do more diagnoses once they are accredited by the ministry of health. 

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Richard Rwabuhinga, the Chairperson project steering committee, says that given the geographical location of the region it's prudent enough that both the government development partners get concerned about the health status of those entering the country. 

He says that under the project, they have been able to strengthen indicator-based surveillance systems in border districts, establish systems for surveillance and populations movement patterns, strengthen infection prevention and control at priority health facilities and risk communication on emerging outbreaks for border health security. 

The committee is in Kasese to assess the performance of the project.