Dr Warren Namara, the head of the State House Health Monitoring Unit says they are investigating several irregularities concerning COVID-19 testing. He says they are investigating the integrity of all laboratories that are carrying out COVID-19 testing.
The State House Health Monitoring Unit has opened investigations
into laboratories that issue fake COVID-19 results.
This comes after several travellers at Entebbe International Airport were
blocked after it was discovered that they had fake COVID-19 results.
According to the health monitoring unit, most of the affected persons
were migrant workers who were issued with negative tests but were later found
to be positive.
Dr Warren Namara, the head of the State House Health Monitoring Unit
says they are investigating several irregularities concerning COVID-19 testing.
He says they are investigating the integrity of all laboratories that are
carrying out COVID-19 testing.
"People are testing and presenting certificates that are fake at
the airport. We are looking at the integrity of the laboratories that are
carrying out tests, "Dr Namara said.
As part of the investigations, the unit visit all laboratories that are
currently testing for COVID-19 in the country. Previously accredited
laboratories will have to undergo assessment while those that are not might be
According to the health ministry, only 25 laboratories are accredited to
carry out COVID testing.
These laboratories are spread throughout the country and these
include; Uganda Virus Research Institute, Central Public Health Laboratory,
Infectious Disease Laboratory, Makerere Hospital, Mild May, Joint Clinical
Research Center, MBN Laboratories, ANCA Biotech, Fort Portal Regional Referral
Hospital, Case Clinic, MSF-Epicenter, Rakai Health Sciences, Text Xpress, Same
Day Laboratory and Adjumani Mobile Laboratory. Other mobile laboratories
include; Tororo and Mutukula.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the health ministry spokesperson says they will
work with different agencies to ensure that testing for COVID-19 is carried out
at only accredited laboratories.
"From the five days, the retesting exercises of migrant workers at
Hotel Africana we have discovered that many people were being issued with false
COVID-19 results. They came with negative results but on testing turned out to
be positive. It looks like some of them paid conmen who just took their money
and issued them false results," Ainebyoona said.
According to the health ministry, the false tests were flagged because
they did not show up on the central test result system. Ainebyoona says they
will be visiting some of the laboratories that issued the fake results.
Last week, Dr Susan Nabadda, the Executive Director of Central Health
Public Laboratory, and also the person in charge of COVID-19 testing on the
ministerial COVID-19 Scientific Committee cautioned people on testing for the
She urged people getting tested to go to accredited testing sites and
avoid people who promise to pick samples from homes.