Uganda procures mobile laboratories to accelerate COVID-19 tests

KAMPALA (XINHUA) – Uganda has procured two mobile polymerase chain reaction (PCR) laboratories to accelerate COVID-19 tests on cross-border cargo drivers, a health official said last Saturday.

The PCR laboratories will help on-site testing and shorten the time to transport samples to the country’s top laboratory Uganda Virus Research Institute, Health Minister Ruth Aceng said in a televised address. “They will be deployed at congested border points to quicken testing and return of results,” Aceng said.

Uganda has intensified the screening, testing and tracking of cargo transporters at the border entry points after three cross-border cargo drivers tested positive for the virus within less than five days.