ENTEBBE,(UG)-Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, has commissioned new offices and laboratories at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe Municipality.
Among the new infrastructure is the Medical Research Council (MRC) clinic built to conduct research on infectious and non-communicable diseases.
Other commissioned facilities include a library built for the collection and storage of books among other media material accessible for use by the institute’s scientists and members of allied institutions. Officially opened on Friday was also a sample reception facility that will be the first point of contact and where specimens requiring analysis will be received.
Atwine lauded the management and staff of UVRI plus partners for the new infrastructural developments as well as the scientific research work that was extended from infectious diseases to include non-communicable diseases. Established in 1936, UVRI is a government research institute with a mandate to engage in health research of human infections and disease processes associated with viral aetiology.
It has been at the forefront to investigate disease outbreaks such as COVID-19 where it was the only scientific investigating institution in the initial three months of the outbreak.