By Musa Sabir
Muni University in collaboration with Muni Labs is proposing to establish a Coronavirus testing laboratory at the university.
Muni University Vice Chancellor, Professor Christine Dranzua explains that the facility has capacity of running test for the virus and others given equipment and personnel at the university.
“The university through its collaboration with Muni Labs has equipment and personnel to run such tests with minimal additional training in the medium to long term faster more convenient serological tests can also be conducted” VC Said while reading the proposal to Health Minister Aceng.
She adds that this will enable them to test other emerging diseases in the region as it is located next to two neighboring countries (DR Congo and South Sudan) with porous boarders posing risk.
According to Ayivu County Member of Parliament Benard Atiku, who is also a member of the national Covid 19 task force, decentralizing testing centres would help to address the challenge of delayed results as samples are normally taken to the centralized point in Entebbe for testing.
However, the Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng in response to the proposal by Muni University says, a team from Ministry of Health will be sent to assess the facility to see if it can be granted an opportunity to test.
Although there is need to decentralize testing across the country, inadequate test kits still remains a challenge faced by the Ministry of Health.End