By Agnes Kiconco
KIU, Main Campus - Lancet Laboratories has been temporarily removed from the list of approved COVID-19 testing facilities.
The Ministry of Health came to the above conclusion basing on the fact that Lancet Laboratories have relocated to Nakasero road due to COVID-19 safety issues thus the new place needs to first be re-accredited by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).
According to Dr Susan Nabadda, the Executive Director of the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) and incharge of the COVID-19 testing laboratories on the scientific committee, Lancet’s removal from the list is only temporary.
“They have been temporary removed from the list because they have shifted to a new location that needs to be re-accredited by the UVRI. Once the location has been assessed, they will continue testing. We hope they can start again soon,” Dr Nabadda explained.
Lancet's temporary removal from the testing list is likely to create a big gap in the testing capacity of the country.
“We shall likely see a decline in testing numbers but we hope they shall pick up again when they have completed their assessment,” Nabadda said.