WHO donates to Uganda 2,400 monkeypox test kits

WHO donates to Uganda 2,400 monkeypox test kits

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday 26, July donated 2,400 monkeypox test kits to Uganda to help with the country’s response to the infectious disease.

WHO Representative to Uganda Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam handed over the kits to Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, saying that the World Health Organization WHO is committed to providing assistance to strengthen Uganda’s testing capacity.

Dr. Aceng expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that Uganda has so far carried out 70 tests, which all turned out negative.

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“I would like to appreciate WHO for his generous contribution. We don’t have any case of Monkeypox in Uganda. However, as the country boarders DRC, we need to be prepared, strengthen our surveillance system & make sure cases are urgently identified & treated,” Dr. Aceng said.

The WHO declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on July 23.