KAMPALA — The U.S. government lauded Uganda for its unique efforts towards combating the Ebola epidemic.
The message from Trump’s administration was carried by the U.S. secretary for health and human services, Alex Azar, and delivered during a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni at State House, Entebbe.
Accompanied by the USA ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac and several other members, Mr. Azar assured President Museveni of the USA’s continued support to Uganda in combating infectious diseases.
Mr. Museveni appreciate the USA’s role, who through their Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Uganda is able to obtain a modern laboratory which is a referral for the region.
“We used to take samples to Atlanta, but we now have a modern laboratory here and within a few hours, samples are checked and confirmed, so that the management starts,” Mr. Museveni said.
Museveni also reiterated to the team that Uganda is not a bad partner because ‘we are effective, that’s how you hear that these epidemics are controlled quickly.”
For instance, he said, Uganda is now a model of the region in terms of response to Ebola.
During the meeting, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar revealed that two experimental therapeutic drugs that could be a potential cure for Ebola are yielding positive results in the Democratic Republic of Congo where they have been on trial.
The meeting was also attended by Ugandan Heath Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng.