The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Acheng has today launched the Regional Emergency Operations Centre in Mbale. The ceremony was also graced by a team from World Health Organisation-Uganda, led by Yonas Tegegn, the WHO Country representative.
The centre will serve as the situation room for key stakeholders responding to disease outbreaks such as COVID-19.
The regional task force was established with support from security forces to coordinate the COVID-19 response among the affected districts in Eastern region.
“This will coordinate COVID-19 response efforts and other public health emergencies in the region,” said Aceng.
Some of the affected districts in the Eastern region include Mbale, Namisindwa, Manafwa, Bududa, Sironko and Tororo.
She emphasized that the situation room will also serve as a reflection for Kampala, as Kampala is coming up with one for the metropolitan area.
“I urge the members to exhibit team work, unity and respect for one another as we fight this COVID-19,” she added.
Yonas Tegegn, the WHO representative to Uganda, said that this is an important step in improving disease outbreak surveillance and response.
On Thursday August 13, a team from the Ministry of Health led by Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health visited Busia, Malaba and Lwakhakha Points of Entry to assess the COVID-19 response activities at the various borders and set up permanent port health facilities.