The Ministry of Health has handed over 4 GeneXpert machines to Uganda Prisons to increase diagnosis and detection of Tuberculosis among prisoners in Uganda.
TB is the biggest cause of death among prisoners in Uganda.
The additional machines provide an opportunity for expanded capacity for TB diagnosis and detection of the resistant strains among inmates allowing for prompt initiation of treatment.
The TB prevalence is 4x higher among prisoners than the general population.
The handover was presided over by the PS, Diana Atwine, Director General Health Services, Henry Mwebesa, Commissioner Laboratory Services, Dr Susan Nabbada, Asst. Commissioner in charge of National TB and Leprosy Program, Dr Stavia Turyahabwe and Uganda Prisons boss Johnson Byabashaija.