Mulago National Referral Hospital has closed its Covid-19 testing laboratory to the public.
The ministry of health announced that Mulago will remain an isolation and Covid-19 treatment unit only to patients that have been confirmed for the virus.
“Mulago National Referral Hospital has been closed as a COVID-19 sample collection site for all individuals. Mulago NRH will remain an isolation and COVID-19 Treatment Unit only for all patients who have been confirmed for COVID-19.” reads a tweet from the ministry.
The public relations officer of the ministry, Emmanuel Ainebyoona said that only VIPs will be allowed access to Mulago’s sample collection point in order to limit the number of people who enter and leave the hospital premises.
Ainebyoona said that, “We don’t want patients moving in and meeting people who have come to drop samples. Only VIPs like MPs and Ministers will be allowed. Their number is not so big,”
The public has been advised to use other labatories like Makerere University or Kiswa Health Centre IV in Bugololobi, Kawaala Health Centre IV, Kisenyi Health IV, Kitebi Health Centre IV, Nsambya Hospital and Kira Health Centre IV.
However, the ministry says other sections of Mulago National Referral Hospital (Upper Mulago) remain open to the public to ensure diagnosis and treatment of other medical conditions.