The American Ambassador to Uganda H.E Deborah Malac has observed the need for the government to increase funding for the Health sector.
She said, “The persistent under funding of the health sector risks the lives of people and this has not been easy to overcome it”.
Speaking during the commissioning of Bundibugyo general hospital laboratory on Friday in Bundibugyo, H.E Malac appealed to the government of Uganda to prioritize health sector and increase the investment.
“Under funding of the health sector is still a big challenge in this country and this possesses a huge impact on the lives of people because disease out breaks is now common,” She added.
She said, “The government of Uganda should not just focus on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and malaria but the whole health sector at large”.
The ambassador said that government should focus on setting up a well-equipped standard laboratory at least in every district to be at the center of providing quality health services.
“This laboratory we are commissioning today has been equipped in accordance to the national standards and therefore it can handle all infections” she said.
She said that 70 percent of successful health services are due to having a proper laboratory.
The laboratory was refurbished by Baylor Uganda with funding from the Centers for disease Control and prevention (CDC) at UGX 636m.
The state minister for health and general duties, Dr. Sarah Opendi said that the ministry is aware of the emerging technology and emerging diseases.
She said, “The ministry is pushing for the Uganda National health laboratories bill to ensure the effectiveness of laboratories. We have about 3400 laboratories but there is no legal body supervising them”.
She said that the laboratory will help the hospital in managing the Ebola cases. Being at the border of Congo, Bundibugyo has been facing a challenge of Ebola outbreak and there was no well quipped laboratory to manage the cases. The Executive Director Baylor Uganda, Dr.Addy Kekitiinwa said that the laboratory will serve the 28 laboratories in the district and the neighboring areas.