The Ministry of Health has confirmed 7 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to 30 of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Uganda. The Minister of Health Dr. Ruth Aceng said out of the 225 samples tested yesterday 218 samples were negative.
The Uganda Virus Research Institute has stepped up its capacity to test suspected cases of the Corona Virus Disease(COVID-19). The Institute has investigated various suspected cases of Corona virus but all tests have been confirmed negative.
The UVRI Director Prof Pontiano Kaleebu says the institute has so far received 20 samples and all tests have been confirmed negative.
He says the institute has the capacity in terms of staff and equipment to test for the Corona virus.
Prof. Charlotte Watts and other UK officials visited the Uganda Virus Research Institute in support for the activities of UVRI, MRC, IAVI etc. on the 16th of January, 2020. Professor Charlotte Watts is Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Researchers have been challenged to be vigilant and gain extensive knowledge on intellectual property so as to protect their research and attain individual and community benefits.
Scientists have come up with another innovation to respond to the Ebola outbreak. During the next Ebola outbreak, a brand new vehicle might come to the rescue. It’s a lab on wheels that some scientists say could greatly improve the response to disease outbreaks and epidemics.
The United States Secretary for Health and Human Services Alex Azar has visited Uganda Virus Research Institute and applauded the Institute for contributing to global health efforts, especially in monitoring and controlling infectious diseases.
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the HIV Reference Laboratory at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe, Uganda based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.