Ministry of Health is partnering ABBOT, a U.S.-based diagnostic firm to strengthen laboratory services in Uganda, as one way of achieving the Sustainable Development goal of eradicating HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The two have come up with new effective technology innovations that will detect, protect and prevent the diseases in their early stages.
Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng says with the help of ABBOTT they have found new, stronger ways of hindering the disease with new laboratory solutions and that they will also set up strong three reference laboratories of the three HIV, TB and Malaria with the aim of finding stronger way of handling the three disease components with new innovations and technologies.
“So far we have started with TB Now, a new diagnostic test used on patients with TB and HIV who are very sick and have a SD4 count that is below 100,” she said.
With the new TB now test all the patient has to do is give the laboratory attendant his sample of urine and the test is done.
While addressing Journalists at the Ministry of Health on Tuesday Dr Aceng said that they have so far rolled out the test in 101 facilities in the country to screen for TB in people who are co infected with TB and HIV.
“In all the facilities we are using TB now are yielding good results because it does not involve any pain to the patients” the minister said.
“Capacity building for laboratory workers has already started to ensure competency testing with the new methods”.