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Bundibugyo Gets Multi Million Shillings Laboratory

Dr. Kiyita also says that they have been operating in a very small room to screen samples from patients leading to endless delays in the release of the patients results.
Ambassador Deborah Malac and State Minister for Health Sarah Opendi commission the Laboratory

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Bundibugyo district has a received a multi-million Shillings laboratory thanks to the Center for Disease Control-CDC under President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief-PEPFAR. The Shillings 630 M laboratory was built by Baylor Uganda.

 

 

The laboratory that is located at Bundibugyo Hospital will offer screening for HIV, TB and other infectious disease. It is meant to serve residents of Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts. Dr. Christopher Kiyita, the Bundibugyo District Health Officer, says the laboratory will improve provision of HIV services in the district.

He explains that the district has been facing the challenge of testing the HIV viral load and would refer patients to Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital, which is 74 Kilometers away.  Dr. Kiyita also says that they have been operating in a very small room to screen samples from patients leading to endless delays in the release of the patient's results.

Commissioning the laboratory on Friday last week, the US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac urged the district to embrace the laboratory services and protect the laboratory from being damaged.

 

 

She also said that the facility should be used in the diagnosis of Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevers. Ambassador Malac also urged government to prioritise funding of the health sector. She noted that communities still face challenges of accessing effective health services. 

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The State Minister of Health for General Duties, Sarah Opendi tol Malac that government would prioritise the health sector funding once the country is done with road infrastructure. 

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