The American Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has built a laboratory for the government-owned Mukono Health Centre IV in Mukono Municipality.
The facility was commissioned on September 28. Speaking during the occasion, a CDC official, Dr Sundeep Gupta, said that the facility will provide emergency obstetric care, HIV testing, assessment for anti-retroviral therapy and regular monitoring of persons on therapy.
He said the laboratory will also be used for tuberculosis screening, diagnosis of other common opportunistic infections and provision of critical laboratory services for other health conditions.
“Construction of this new laboratory is in line with the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Reliefs (PEPFAR) strategy to improve laboratory infrastructure across the country in line with the ministry of Health systems strengthening priorities and laboratory standards. I am therefore pleased to know that this facility will serve 50,000 to 100,000 people,” he noted.
The PS Ministry of Health, Asuman Lukwago, said that government will establish a general hospital in Mukono to help reduce congestion at the national referral hospital, Mulago. The $200,000 facility was funded entirely by the United States government.