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Kampala – 16th September, 2019 - The U.S Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, has led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL) as part of his trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda regarding the Ebola outbreak in the eastern DRC.

Secretary Azar was accompanied by Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Garrett Grigsby, Director of the HHS Office of Global Affairs; Tim Ziemer, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of United States Agency for International Development (USAID); and staff of President Trump's National Security Council, among other dignitaries.

Addressing the delegates at CPHL offices in Butabika, Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng expressed gratitude towards the United States Government efforts to strengthen Uganda’s public health system.

“It is extremely overwhelming that we have such a system in place to detect disease outbreaks, and to enable Uganda to be recognized internationally. I’d like to appreciate the CDC team for working hard to improve the quality of all the work that is done here at CPHL, and also to build the capacity of our teams”. Hon. Aceng noted.

At CPHL, the delegation toured the sample reception area, data center, and the viral load lab among other sites.