Uganda’s COVID-19 cases have scaled down from the earlier ministry of health released results of 694 cases to 685. Health ministry confirmed.
This comes after discarding the 9 cases that falsely tested positive by the Makerere University Laboratory later tested negative after being retested at Uganda Virus Research Institute Entebbe.
These tests were out of 500samples that were carried out on 3rd and 4th June 2020.
On Thursday June11th, President Museveni let the cat out of the bag when he said that results by samples by Makerere University’s Department of Microbilogy & Immunology laboratory had reported some cases as positive only to be retested and confirmatory results tested negative.
“Some samples at Makerere laboratories were carelessly tested,” he revealed.
He tasked the MoH to clarify on the results.
The president revealed this while he was addressing the Parliament and public in a live Zoom from Entebbe during the hearing of the National Bugdet.
However, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Health Minister said that they still trust Makerere University Laboratory and she attributed the incident to an isolated error that comes as a result of analytical errors while reading and interpreting the results .
She assured the public that they will continuously train their laboratory attendants on case management.
Dr Aceng who was today addressing the public on COVID-19 updates on UBC TV, added that her ministry is working tooth and nail to carryout assessment surveys in border districts whose results have increased. These includes, Amuru, Adjumani, Rakai and Isingiro.