By Goodluck Musinguzi
Ministry of Health is strengthening efficient specimen transport systems and appropriate training on specimen referral in contributing to optimal and timely access to tuberculosis diagnostic services in Uganda.
Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health has made sure support and technical assistance from Global Fund is restored after they cut funding before 2016.
Today a total of 50 motorcycles have been handed over to 50 selected districts by the Minister for State in charge of General Duties, Hon. Robinah Nabbanja and Dr Diana Atwine Permanent Secretary.
Dr Diana Atwine said the health workers should reach people and most especially improving diagnosis of childhood tuberculosis in a high TB-HIV prevalent setting.
“The Ugandan Motorcycle is known to reach every corner of the country where vehicles cannot reach. The innovative transport systems with support of Global Fund will reach out to everyone”.
Diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and prompt initiation of effective treatment rely on access to rapid and reliable drug-susceptibility testing.
Strengthening the tuberculosis specimen referral system increased referrals from presumptive multidrug-resistant tuberculosis cases.
Ongoing efforts to integrate specimen transport networks will maximize resources and improve patient management.