Natalie Brown, the US Ambassador to Uganda has advised all Ugandans to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. She said getting the vaccine is the most critical step towards the re-opening of Uganda’s economy.
The government recently announced they will do that after hitting the vaccination target.
‘’If you are not vaccinated, do so and tell your friends to do the same. So that we can start gathering safely and resume the other activities that we have suspended in the past two years,’’ she said on Wednesday.
Brown made these comments while speaking at Mweya in Queen Elizabeth national park in Kasese district. She appeared in the area to commission a US-funded $6m modern bio-safety laboratory level 2 for the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
The construction of the lab happened through the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency. In addition, they had technical support from a neighboring district and the Uganda National Council of Science and Technology.
The tourism minister Tom Butiime received the ambassador and together they commissioned the lab located near Mweya Safari Lodge.
The function also happened to be part of a celebration of the national anniversary of the sixth international One Health Day.
The commissioning was part of the ambassador’s visit to the Rwenzori region. They mainly went to monitor and assess the impact of US Health investments.
These include HIV programs, maternal and child health initiatives, and disease outbreaks, among other investments.
‘’During her meeting with Centre for Disease Control Partner, Baylor Uganda, Brown was briefed about the long-term impact of the US-Funded ‘Saving Mothers Giving Life,’’ said a statement from the embassy.
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