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Construction Of Port Health Laboratory in Busia Resumes

The laboratory is supposed to provide laboratory testing services to residents, cross border traders and visitors entering Uganda.
Layed foundation for the laboratory

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The construction of a modern laboratory at Port health facility at Sofia village in Eastern division of Busia municipality has resumed.

Construction of the laboratory started in February this year but had stalled due to misunderstandings among traders who were operating businesses in the area. The traders claimed that the Municipal council authorities allocated the land to the ministry of health without their consent.

The laboratory is supposed to provide laboratory testing services to residents, cross border traders and visitors entering Uganda.

Amin Sadiq Agele, the Busia Town Mayor says that they resolved that the construction resumes and if necessary, the traders shall be allowed to operate their businesses on the remaining part of the land after construction works have been completed.

Emmanuel Kimuli, an engineer from the Ministry of Health says that the modern lab project was supposed to have been completed by last year.

Kimuli says that they have laid foundations for both laboratory and staff houses and now they are going to put on the foundations. He adds that they expect all the works to be completed by December 2021.

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Faith Nangira, Thomas Wabwire, Jonan Makokha among other residents says that they want the government to speed up the construction process so that the laboratory can help boost health service delivery in the area.

Thomas Wabwire says that the construction is long overdue, he says that they expect the project will solve the problem of residents crossing to neighbouring Kenya to receive treatments for illnesses that requires screening.

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