Category «Health»

People Living with HIV/Aids abandon drugs over lack of food

BY YAHUDU KITUNZI. Atleast 1400 people living with HIV/Aids, who were on life-prolonging Antiviral treatment at various health centers in Mbale District have reportedly abandoned taking the drugs due to lack of food. The District Health Officer, Dr. Jonathan Wangisi says their findings from health facilities in the district indicate that the most of the patients have disappeared due to poverty and stigma. Dr.Wangisi however says the district health team will use the existing village structures to trace for them and bring them back to continue with their treatment. He adds that skipping or abandoning treatment affects the reduction of the viral load and protection of the immune system. Innocent Khaukha, the Data Clark at Bufumbo Health Centre IV, says …

Blood shortage paralyses work at Kapchorwa hospital

By Micheal Woniala Blood shortage has paralysed operations at Kapchorwa hospital in Kapchorwa District for the past one week, forcing health workers to suspend some procedures that require blood transfusion. The district health officer, Dr Siraji Masai says since last week, the hospital has been operating without blood yet the number of patients in need of blood transfusion is high. Masai says the hospital has decided to refer patients who need blood to Mbale regional referral Hospital for now, adding the children with severe malaria, accident victims and pregnant women are the most affected. According to Masai, the hospital receives only 13 units of blood on the weekly basis from Mbale regional blood bank, which he said is not enough …

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.