EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS’ REMARKS FOR BEGINING OF YEAR GENERAL STAFF MEETING – 4/JAN/2017.
Dear members of Management, Staff, Partners and all stakeholders of the National Health Laboratory Services (UNHLS)/ Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL);
I greet you and congratulate you on the successful completion of 2016 and entering the New Year- 2017. I thank all of you for the hard work you exhibited in the year that has just ended which enabled UNHLS to register several successes. These successes have been acknowledged both nationally and globally. Some of the key successes we recorded in 2016 include:
-Successful relocation from Buganda Road to Butabika and the official launch of the high- tech facilities here.
-Consolidation of the robust national sample referral system
-Achieving our national targets for the EID and Viral Load testing services
-Provision of appropriate laboratory support for response to disease out-breaks especially cholera. Viral haemoregic
fevers, typhoid and the current meningitis.
-Development of a National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance
-Initiation of Hepatitis B viral load testing at UNHLS.
-Intensification of preparing laboratory units for accreditation.
-Initiation of the process of sending the UNHLS Bill 2016 to Parliament.
-Winning an award at the 3rd biannual meeting of ASLM in Cape Town on December 8th, 2016.
As we enter 2017, I wish to appeal to all of you to double efforts to consolidate our gains of 2016 and aim to achieve more. We at management level would like to assure you today, that you will be supported, facilitated and encouraged in your efforts to raise UNHLS to higher levels. In this regard Management has resolved that in 2017 our focus at UNHLS shall be directed towards the following priority areas:
These focus areas may look ambitious, but I am confident, given the necessary support, resources, environment and encouragement, that the staff of UNHLS have the capacity to achieve them, and even more, within the one year. Why not, they have done it before!!
I thank you and wish you all a Prosperous 2017.