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UVRI, Uganda’s Central Covid Testing Centre Hasn’t Received Covid Funding from Govt, Says Director – Online news from Uganda and the East African region – SoftPower News

The Uganda Infection Research Study Institute(UVRI)which is Uganda’s central testing centre for samples for Covid-19 has actually exposed thatit has actually not received any Covid-related financing from government and has been required to divert a sum of Shs 780m suggested for other programs, to assist in the COVID-19 activities. The revelation was made by the UVRI Director, Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu while appearing before the Parliament Public Accounts Committee chaired by Chwa West MP, Okin Ojara. Prof. Kaleebu stated that considering that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, government has actually never ever given any funds to the institution that is running the majority of the Coronavirus tests. The Uganda Infection Research

Institute is a medical research institute owned by government that performs research study on communicable diseases in guy and animals with emphasis on viral transmitted infections. The institute which hosts a local referral laboratory on influenza virus has for a number of months single handedly performed Coronavirus research study and tests in the nation prior to the Ministry of Health brought on board over 9 laboratories in the country. Prof. Kaleebu informed Members of Parliament(MPs)that the institute has actually needed to suspend all other activities for the 3rd and fourth Quarters which triggered them to divert Shs780 million from other programs in order to money COVID 19 activities. Kaleebu kept in mind that the institute presented a budget of USD 1.7 million to the Ministry of Health to assist fund COVID-19 activities however to date no funds have been availed. We have offered services to this country with no funds from the treasury, its us working with our partners, composing letters here and there and being able to put the nation where it is now; Uganda has the greatest testing in East Africa, Prof. Kaleebu stated.

He included that the majority of the funds that have assisted the institute to continue with activities have been available in from donors and partners like the World Health Organisation (WHO), Centre for Disease Control (CDC )and the Jack Ma Structure.” The only money we have actually had from the treasury is our budget of about Shs780m, however if you compute just how much we have actually utilized in testing its in billions of cash. The lawmakers wondered why UVRI has actually never gotten money yet Parliament approved a supplementary spending plan of Shs304bn to assist in COVID-19 activities. In reaction, Prof. Kaleebu noted:”Yes, you approved a supplemental spending plan for COVID-19, but we have never ever received even a single coin apart from this week when we provided allowances to personnel. All the money went through the Ministry of Health however I believe they could be facing procurement challenges which we also faced, it’s good they are facing it now “.

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