WHO Director General appreciates UVRI contribution to Ebola fight

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World Health Organisation Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has appreciated the Uganda Virus Research Institute for its significant contribution to the country’s efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak.

Speaking after touring several laboratories, Dr Tedros said he was impressed by the laboratory diagnosis of Ebola and surveillance activities noting that he was confident the country has the capacity to control the outbreak.

Dr. Tedros was visiting UVRI as part of his mission to assess Uganda’s response to the current Ebola outbreak in Kasese District, Western Uganda. He told journalists at UVRI, that he had earlier met President Yoweri Museveni to discuss the country’s preparedness and the support needed to contain the Ebola outbreak.

He promised to lobby the international community for continued support to contain the outbreak.

Before coming to Uganda, Dr. Tedros had visited the Epicenters of Ebola, Butembo and Katwa Butembo in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Director of Uganda Virus Research Institute Prof Pontiano Kaleebu said he was pleased to host Dr Tedros and promised that the Institute will continue to provide diagnostic services and respond as quickly as possible to outbreaks and epidemics.

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