Buikwe South MP, Dr Michael Lulume Bayiga says the private laboratories have been accused of receiving bribes from travellers who don’t want to be tested. He adds that those who dodge the tests are given negative results yet they could be infected.
Parliament on the Covid-19 Taskforce have faulted the Ministry of Health for
hiring private laboratories to test passengers arriving at Entebbe
On Saturday, the MPs visited the airport and met officials from the Uganda Civil
In May, a covid-19 testing centre for travellers from ten countries including India,
Kenya, United States of America was set up Peniel Beach Hotel, which is about one
kilometre from the airport. The ministry also said that the tests are
being done by three private laboratories, Safari Laboratory, Test and Fly and
However, MPs say the ministry has not put in place quality checks at the
Dr Michael Bukenya, the chairperson of the committee says that the health ministry and not private laboratories should test the travellers to protect the credibility of Port Health
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Buikwe South MP, Dr Michael Lulume Bayiga says the private laboratories have
been accused of receiving bribes from travellers who don’t want to be tested.
He adds that those who dodge the tests are given negative results yet they
could be infected.
MP, Joseph Ssewungu says UCAA and the Ministry of Health must tighten
enforcement because some travellers present forged COVID-19 results, which he
says has tarnished Uganda's reputation abroad.
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Dr James Eyul, who is supporting the ministry of health teams at the airport,
says health workers are using an application that verifies the authenticity of
QR Codes on test certificates for both incoming and departing passengers.
that incoming passengers who have forged test certificates and test positive
for COVID-19 are deported.
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Bukenya says the health ministry should explain
why and how it hired private laboratories to test travellers at the airport.
Bukenya also said that there is a need to investigate how the private
laboratories were awarded contracts and the reporting procedures between
the laboratories and the health ministry.
Fred Bamwesigye, the UCAA Acting Director-General also told MPs that the regulatory
body did not receive any additional funds for COVID-19 control
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He adds that they are yet to receive the 4.2 Billion Shillings that was
promised by the National Covid-19 Taskforce for Port Health services at the
Bamwesigye however says that the authority has put in place some of the measures through
internally generated revenue and donations from well-wishers.