Mukono District Health Centre IV through the Ministry of Health has commissioned a laboratory worth $200,000 (about Shs440m) funded by the US government through the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This was aimed at increasing the availability of health services, including voluntary counselling and testing, tuberculosis screening and diagnosis of common opportunistic infections.
The acting CDC director, Dr Sundeep Gupta, said the centre will also increase the availability of emergency obstetric care, HIV testing, assessment for entry to anti-retroviral therapy programmes and regular monitoring of persons on therapy.
The head of the health centre Dr Robert Kasirye says that before the expansion of the laboratory, patients used to line up for hours to access services and could get their results after several days because of the overwhelming number of the patients. “About 50,000 people are expected to benefit from the centre.” However, the new laboratory still lacks vital equipment like blood counting machine, CD4 counting machine, heamatology machine, micro-biology (culture and sensitivity), blood transfusion facility and a centrifuge machine. Dr Asuman Lukwago Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health said that they will ensure that the laboratory is equipped and monitored.