Guest of Honor: PS MOHChief host: ED UNHLS
Dissemination of NHLS strategic documents
THEME: 'Advancing care for Sickle cell Disease'
Every June 19, Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate World Sickle Cell day to increase public knowledge and raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease. This year the day has been commemorated under the theme: “Caring for Sickle Cell Patients – Get Involved”.
This theme alludes to the fact that home care is the most important for sickle cell patients, which greatly reduces the incidence of crises and need for hospital care.
Accurate Pathology Diagnosis is critical to proper management of cancer patients. Several studies done worldwide and here in Uganda have shown both diagnostic discrepancy and delay in diagnosing patients seeking care for cancer.
The CDC Atlanta team led by Uganda CDC Country Director, Dr. Lisa Nelson paid a courtesy call to the newly appointed Ministry of Health Department, NHLDS(National Health Laboratory and Diagnostic Services).
The team was gladly received by none other than the Executive Director, Dr. Susan Nabadda.
After a brief meeting, the team took a facility tour to NMRL Lab, Viral Load & EID labs, Calibration Center and the Supra National TB Reference Lab.
The annual Kabaka birthday run has for the past three years supported the screening and mass sensitization about sickle cell disease.
The 3rd and final run aimed at creating awareness for sickle cell disease took place on Sunday April 7, 2019 and was flagged off by His Royal Highness the Kabaka, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II at Lubiri, Mengo.
The amount of support garnered from this annual run has been steadily increasing over the past three years, with the most recent one in 2018 supporting the purchase of test kits worth over 200million shillings.
Uganda National Health Laboratory Services (UNHLS) under Ministry of Health launched and disseminated strategic documents during the commemoration of monthly Laboratory Day
1. The National Laboratory Policy II
2. The National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance
3. The Guidelines for Hub and sample transport
4. National Laboratory test menu
5. Point of Care (POC) guidelines, and
6. National Biosafety Biosecurity audit report
Today, Uganda National Health Laboratory Services (UNHLS) under Ministry of Health held a media breakfast meeting to update and sensitize the public on the growing burden of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Antimicrobial resistance refers to the situation where microorganisms become resistant to the medicine that was designed to kill them.
Some of the common ways that build up to AMR include;
A team from Buganda Kingdom led by Minister for Social Services (which include Health), Owek.