In a bid to scale up testing in the country and checkmate the second wave of COVID-19 infections, the Uganda Ministry of Health has now accredited 22 laboratories to test and give citizens valid results.
According to Dr Diana Atwine, the Health ministry Permanent Secretary, the country is likely to go into a second lockdown. The Ugandan authorities are considering this measure because the cases are spiking again. From 23 April to 23 May 2021, the percentage of positive cases has gone up to 7.8 per cent (from a previous 1.5 per cent).
Testing is one of the most effective ways to handle a pandemic. One reason is that it helps the health authorities understand the behaviour of infections, such as the rate of infections. Additionally, other vital procedures like contact tracing are only possible when testing is scaled up.
Here is a complete list of accredited laboratories in Uganda updated on 1 June 2021:
- Adjumani Mobile Laboratory
- ANCA Biotech
- ATCG Laboratories
- Case Clinic
- Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL)
- Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) Laboratory
- IOM Laboratory
- Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC)
- Lancet Laboratories
- Makerere University
- MBN Laboratory
- Medipal International Hospital
- Mild May Laboratory
- MSF-Epicentre Lab-Mbarara
- Mutukula Mobile Laboratory
- Rakal Health Sciences
- Sameday Labs
- Test and Fly Laboratory
- TestXpress Laboratories
- Toronto Mobile Laboratory
- Uganda Cancer Institute, Fred Hutchison Laboratory
- Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)
With Sameday Labs joining this list, the number of accredited test centres has gone up to 22. The lab’s close proximity of the airport has made it a choice destination for travellers who need certificates processed quickly.