New Vision (Kampala) (07.11.2013)
The World Health Organization has elevated Uganda’s national TB reference laboratory, located in Wandegeya, to supranational TB reference lab status. Along with one other lab in South Africa, it becomes only the second supranational TB reference lab in Africa and the 33rd such lab globally. According to Dr. Moses Joloba, head of the Wandegeya lab, the facility now has the necessary equipment to diagnose TB in fewer than two hours, including multi-resistant forms of the virus. The lab will be responsible for the quality assurance of all diagnoses within the country and now will be able to undertake research as well. Due to the lab’s new role, the government has agreed to build a new $2.4 million facility for the lab, to be located in the Kampala suburb of Luzira.