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.
Today the Senior Physicians, Pediatricians, Microbiologists, RRH Directors and RR lab managers met to discuss on increasing misdiagnosis of infections. The day began with dedication of the fraternity into the Almighty by the PS. Dr. Atwiine Diana through a prayer breakfast. It was then followed by the meeting that she called to order at 10:00am.
As a preamble, Dr. Kalyesubula Simon said that people are complaining that the number of typhoid is high. A study done by Dr. kajumbula supported by World Bank found that those were circulating pathogens among patients below 5 yrs.
The National Laboratory Technical Advisory committee (LTC) was formed in 2004. Its a committe that advises on key issues regarding laboratories and functions for 3years after which membership is reviewed. This committe is chaired by a member of top management of the Ministry of Health who is currently Dr. Charles Olaro the Director Clinical Services.
The committe is multi disciplinary and multi sectoral and the members must be experts in particular areas of lab services. This committee functions through sub committees and currently, there are eight sub committees which include
Yesterday marked the 11th annual World Sicklecell day. The day was commemorated at the Ministry of Health headquarters with the presence of the PS. Dr. Atwiine Diana, officials from the Busoga Kingdom like the Minister of Health, Owek. Dr. Balyeku Andrew, Buganda kingdom representative, Minister of Health Owek Dr. Ben Mukwaya, Prof. Ndugwa Christopher, Prof. Russell Ware, and the CPHL family. Schools present at the function were Buganda Road P/S, Our Lady Luwero, Garfield Nursery, and Primary Sch, All Saints Christian Sch, Zainab baby & Junior school and Students from IUIU.
UNHLS handles and is being in contact with specimen from all over the country. Alot of these are clinical samples and we have the potential to do operational research because of being incharge of guiding labs country wide. We took the road of building bio-bank based on the global security agenda. As UNHLS, we thought we could build this resource to address bio-security issues but also promote science.
This meeting that began on Monday 5th/07/2018 has been attended by Implementing partners, researchers, DHOs, DLFPs and UNHLS managers.
Today, Makerere students led by the guild president, Papa Were Salim turned up for sickle cell testing at Freedom Square.