Category «Health»

Only 10% of funds required for cancer machines is available

By Juliet Nalwooga. Rotary Uganda says only 10 % of the 18 billion shillings required for the procurement of two fully facilitated Linear accelerator cancer machines is available. The revelation has been made by the chairperson, Rotary Cancer run, Richard Karungi while addressing journalists at Mengo hospital ahead of this year’s cancer run scheduled for 25th August 2019. Karungi noted that for the 8 years of the cancer run since 2012, they have managed to build the Mengo Rotary Blood Bank facility, the centenary Bank cancer center at Nsambya hospital, and saved about 1.8 billion shillings. Prior to the cancer run, Mengo hospital will next week on Thursday 22nd August offer free cervical cancer screening to the public along with …

Uganda to eliminate river blindness by 2020

By Shamim Natebwa. The Ministry of Health in partnership with the boarder countries and non-governmental organizations have launched a robust and integrated multi-year national plan to control and eliminate river blindness in the country by 2020. According to the health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, poverty is among the leading causes of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDS) like River blindness and other degenerating diseases like Trachoma, Buruli ulcers. Aceng made the remarks while officiating at the 12th session of Uganda River Blindness elimination expert advisory committee which is discussing the progress made in eradicating the disease in Uganda and other African countries. River blindness is a tropical disease that has historically affected millions of people in 35 countries in Africa  and …

Genetically modified Mosquito not magic bullet to end malaria

By Benjamin Jumbe. Introduction of a genetically modified Mosquito will not be the single silver bullet to end malaria in Uganda. This comes from the principle investigator of Target Malaria consortium Dr Jonathan Kayondo following launch of the in sectary a facility for malaria research. The newly built arthropod Containment Level 2 in sectary at the research institute is fitted with modern equipment to enable researchers study mosquitoes under containment. Dr Kayondo says this new tool will only be coming to complement existing malaria control tools and probably address challenges that the existing tools have not solved.

Over 70 people followed for interacting with Ebola victims

BY LILIAN NAMAGEMBE lnamagembe@ug.nationmedia.com Atleast 78 people are currently being followed up by the ministry of Health following their earlier contact with the confirmed Ebola victims. Three people have since tested positive for Ebola, two of whom passed on earlier. Dr Jane Ruth Aceng the Health minister said these will be followed up for the next 21 days warning that the country is still at very high risk given the porous borders and hence the need to reduce infections “Right now in Uganda, there is only one Ebola suspect in isolation. Two were tested and turned negative and are out of our isolation area. We only have one whose sample is now at UVRI,” the minister added. The ministry also …

Kenya on high alert for Ebola

By David Awori In the wake of the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Kasese district  in Western Uganda, Kenyan health officials at the Uganda Kenya border are on high alert. Health officials have been deployed at both the Busia and Malaba borders for compulsory health screening of all travelers entering Kenya from Uganda. Dr.Isaac Omeri, the Busia Kenya county health and sanitation chief officer says they have enhanced screening activities for travelers, checking their temperatures and asking the travel history. Julius Arusayi, the port health officer Busia Kenya says they were having challenges of some travelers objecting to the screening. Kenya police at some point had to be used to compel the travelers to go for screening . He …