The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has admitted issuing false covid results to covid patients. Aceng further relayed her apologies to 679 people who received false covid results projecting them as positive yet they were actually negative.
“Some people claim to have received two different result slips, one indicating positive and the other negative. Others claim to have taken two different samples on the same day and these give different results,” Aceng said.
The health minister however faults laboratories for mishandling the covid results. She has since revealed that as the Ministry, they will only accredit 12 facilities to do the testing.
Of the 12 accredited institutions, government owns 9 while the 3 are privately owned. Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Makerere University College of Health Sciences laboratories, Tororo mobile laboratory, Mutukula mobile laboratory, Adjumani mobile lab, Infectious diseases institute, IDI laboratory. The other private three are operated by Lancet lab, Medipal hospital and MBN laboratory.
As of Sunday, Uganda had registered 128 more cases bringing the tally to 3,667 cases. Two more deaths were reported bringing the toll to 41. It should be noted that if these 679 cases are nullified, they are scientifically supposed to be deducted from the cumulative tally.