By Olivia Nabaggala
22nd July 2021
The State House Health Monitoring Unit has opened investigations into laboratories that issue fake COVID-19 results.
This comes after several travellers at Entebbe International Airport were blocked after it was discovered that they had fake COVID-19 results.
According to the health monitoring unit, most of the affected persons were migrant workers who were issued with negative tests but were later found to be positive.
Dr. Warren Namara, the head of the Unit says they are investigating several irregularities concerning COVID-19 testing asa well as the integrity of all laboratories that are carrying out COVID-19 testing.
As part of the investigations, the unit shall visit all laboratories that are currently testing for COVID-19 in the country.
Previously accredited laboratories will have to undergo assessment while those that are not might be closed.
According to the health ministry, only 25 laboratories are accredited to carry out COVID testing throughout the country and these include; Uganda Virus Research Institute, Central Public Health Laboratory, Infectious Disease Laboratory, Makerere Hospital, Mild May, Joint Clinical Research Center, among others.