Category «Health»

Congolese to be Repatriated over Ebola

Ebola screening

By Ivan Ssenabulya. Six Congolese nationals with confirmed and suspected Ebola cases are to be repatriated. This was agreed upon in a meeting held at Bwera Ebola isolation unit in Kasese district with health officials from DRC, last evening. The health minister Jane Ruth Acenge said this was reached in good faith since these people may get better treatment home, in DRC who have better equipment for the epidamic treatment. She said that these include the two people with confirmed cases, the grandmother and young brother to the late Brian Bwambale 5 year old who succumbed to Ebola. The other four include the deceased’s mother a Congolese together with the relatives she came with including maids. The minister said that …

Government allocates 21 billion for immunization

By Moses Ndhaye. Government has allocated 21 billion shillings in this year’s budget to facilitate immunization activities. Although the allocation is reflecting 100% budget increment,in the programme, health officials say the the budget is not enough to address the challenges of immunization, they argue that the sector requires  60 billion shillings to fully address the immunization challenges in the country. Last year, government a located 9 billion shillings to facilitate immunization activities in the country. According to the programme Manager, Uganda National Expanded Programme Dr. Alfred Driwale, the current budget which government has allocated facilitates only  35% of the vaccine requirement in the country . Dr. Driwale made the remarks while addressing donors, health officials and Members of parliament on …

Hospitals mishandling cancer samples – Pathologists.

By Damali Mukhaye. Hospitals are mishandling the cancer samples, which has led to wrong tests and diagnosis by the pathologists. Speaking at the launch of pathology training, the acting commissioner national health laboratory services and chief government pathologist Susan Nabadda says that clinicians in most hospitals are taking the cancer samples badly. She says that if the samples are mishandles for instance mixed up, or put in the wrong chemicals, the pathologist will get wrong tests and issue diagnosis to a wrong person which can affect cancer patients. It is against this background that they have launched the training for all clinicians, nurses and other doctors handling cancer patients to ensure that the samples are taken in the right way.

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 …