Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has congratulated Dr. Misaki Wayengera, a Researcher at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, for his efforts in developing a rapid test kit to diagnose the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses.
“I want to congratulate our scientists because they are really waking up and producing a lot of products. The Government will fund you. It is the issue of prioritization and putting the money in the right place,” Museveni said.
Mr. Museveni was yesterday speaking during a meeting at State House, Entebbe to recognize Dr. Misaki Wayengera who recently won the World Health Organization (WHO) high innovation challenge in the Product Development Category that took place at the WHO Africa Regional Headquarters in Congo (Brazzaville).
Museveni said that the Government of Uganda will support the efforts of the researchers by establishing a manufacturing facility that will enable them to put all the products together.
He commended Dr. Wayengera and his team on the achievements realized adding that the research can bring in a host of benefits to the society because the products form the core that addresses many human challenges such as hemorrhage fevers and HIV afflictions that immensely affect the world.
Museveni observed that Uganda has, on several occasions, been attacked by epidemics, including Ebola and Marburg, resulting in the deaths of trained preventive workers and wananchi.
State Minister for Health, Hon. Sarah Ochieng Opendi, saluted Dr. Wayengera and his team for the innovation saying their efforts will go a long way in easing the diagnosis of viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola and Marburg.
Dr. Wayengera, on his part, thanked Mr. Museveni for recognizing their efforts and his support. He said that the Rapid Test Kit will eliminate all the viruses of Ebola adding that the kit is easy to deploy in rural village settings where there are no laboratories and expertise.
The meeting was also attended by WHO Representative and Head of mission in Uganda, Dr. Yonas Tegegn, Prof Charles Ibingira who is the Principal of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Prof. Pontiano Kaleebu, Director of Uganda Virus Research Institute and Prof Wilson Byarugaba.