By Moses Kyeyune. Parliament has directed the Ministry of Health explain the recent decision by the Board of Uganda Cancer Institute Shs 300,000 from patients seeking radiotherapy treatment. The directive by the speaker Rebecca Kadaga followed a complaint raised by Kapelebyong County MP Julius Ochen who questioned the motive behind the new charges. According to the 30th October 2018 memo issued by the Institute patients on private arrangement would part with Shs 500,000 while international patients will be charged USD 2,000 approximately Shs 7,467,833 M
By Samuel Ssebuliba. The Mityana district Woman MP Judith Nabakoba has asked government to double the supply of Anti Retro viral drugs to the hard-to-reach areas. Nabakooba says a number of hospitals including Mityana have since last year been experiencing drug stock-outs including Septrin whose use has now been restricted by government. She has also tasked leaders at all levels to to sensitize their people on how prevent further spread of HIV.
By Ivan Ssenabulya. Government has welcomed a 23m pound UK investment in the Karamoja nutrition project. The Karamoja Nutrition Programme, funded by UK aid, United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme, was launched to ensure children and mothers across the region receive quality health and nutrition services. The Karamojja Affairs Minister John Byabagambi, has asked all leaders in the region to own the programme for the good of their people. He says the programme is intended to support over 100,000 malnourished children under the age of 5. Figures show that 84% of people in Karamoja are unable to afford a nutritious daily diet, 45% of households having limited access to food, among other challenges.
By Damali Mukhaye. The Ministry of Health has warned that girls below the age of 18 that use contraceptives are at risk of developing cervical cancer and other serious complications. 22 percent of adolescents have ever had sexual intercourse yet 25% of them aged 15-19 years are pregnant or already mothers, According to the MOH Senior Gynecology Consultant Dr. Placid Mihayo says 10 percent of the sexually active adolescents aged 15- 19 years had their first sexual encounter before age 15. He adds that many of them tend to use contraceptives as a method of preventing early pregnancies and end up developing cervical cancers. However, Rd. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services calls on parents, stakeholders and schools to …
By Ssebuliba Samuel. The 2018 world health malaria report has indicated stalemate in reduction of malaria cases after years of decline globally. According to the report, for the second consecutive year, the annual report estimated 219 million cases of malaria were recorded, compared to 217 million IN 2016 even though the number of people contracting malaria globally had been steadily falling, from 239 million in 2010 to 214 million in 2015. The world health organization’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom said that world faces a new reality as progress stagnates and thus urgent measures are need. In 2017 3.5 million more malaria cases reported in 10 African countries including Uganda.