Category «Health»

Mayhem as Nakaseke Hospital runs out of water, x-ray machines

  By Moses Kyeyune It is over a month now since Nakaseke District hospital run out of water, causing a standstill as the operation theatre is closed. Mothers delivering from Nakaseke Main Hospital are forced to carry their own water if they are to get medical service, according to area MP Paulson Luttamaguzi Ssemakula. The lawmaker also says that the x-ray machine broke down a long time ago and ultra-sound services are no more despite the facility serving as a referral for neighbouring districts. The MP has appealed to the authorities in Government to quickly intervene and have the situation arrested before it becomes a disaster to patients. The government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa early this week pledged to follow …

Health ministry receives Bikes

By Ivan Ssenabulya. The Health Ministry of has received ten 10 motorcycles from World Health Organization (WHO) with support from Irish Embassy to enhance the surveillance in Ebola Virus Disease preparedness activities. The motorcycles will enable district officers at the high risk bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu, Kanungu, Kasese, Kisoro, Kanunugu, Kabarole and Packwach to mentor health staff at the health facilities and in the communities on the identification of alerts. Receiving the motorcycles, Minister for Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng welcomed the donation, and said this is another milestone in the preparedness activities against the deadly outbreak currently ravaging DRC. The Irish Ambassador to Uganda, His Excellency William Carlos expressed his Government’s delight  for  supporting …

MOH impounds 981 boxes of govt fake and counterfeit drugs

By Damalie Mukhaye.  The ministry of health in conjunction with police and national drug authority have impounded over 900 boxes and arrested over 30 people who were selling government drugs in private drug shops fake and counterfeit  drugs to Ugandans. Addressing journalists at media center, the minister of health Ruth Aceng says they conducted the operation in Eastern Uganda and Kampala where at least 83 drug shops that were selling fake drugs and government drugs have been closed down. 33 people have also been arrested over the same and are yet to be prosecuted for selling fake drugs to Ugandans. She notes that out of the 981 boxes that were impounded, 165 are government drug intended for public health whole …

Hospitals doing unnecessary blood transfusion

By Damali Mukhaye. Officials at the Uganda blood transfusion have faulted hospital that doing unnecessary blood transfusion to patients which has caused blood shortages in specific hospitals. According to the Blood transfusion director Dorothy Kyeyune, most hospitals in the country are carrying out wrong transfusion to patients who do not need the blood. She says that this has led to shortage of blood among the patients who urgently need it in those specific hospitals whenever they turn up. She notes that this has also widened the demand and the supply of the blood in the country asking hospital to only conduct transfusion when urgently needed. Kyeyune also adds that the blood bank is far away from achieving the recommended world …

Government yet to take decision on cannabis growing

By Moses Ndhaye. Government is yet to decide on whether or not to license Globus Industrial Uganda -Ltd to grow cannabis in Uganda. According to the state minister for investment Evelynn Anite, the company applied for a license to start growing medical cannabis for export in Kasese district. The Minister says although most of the stakeholders in the sector, such as the agriculture sector, have allowed the company to grow this crop in Uganda, government is hesitant to issue a license before right laws are put in place to regulate the growing of cannabis.