Category «Health»

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.

Suspected Crimean – Congo Hemorrhagic fever cases increase in Jinja

BY MOSES OKEYA. Health Authorities in Jinja District have said that the number of suspected cases of the Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic fever has increased in the area. The Jinja District Health Officer, Dr Peter Dyogo Nantamu the number of the suspected cases had by this morning risen from 11 to 13. These, he says are admitted in a temporary isolation unit at Butagaya Health Center III in Butagaya Sub County. This follows the death of a 32 year old resident of Kasenyi parish, Katabi Sub county in Wakiso district  on April 11 after developing symptoms similar to those of the Cremian fever. Health officials say majority of the patients are relatives of the deceased. The Acting Director General of Health …

Pharmacists selling antibiotics without doctors’ prescriptions to be arrested

By Shamim Nateebwa. The ministry of health says pharmacists and health workers that sale antibiotics and other strong drugs to people without doctors’ prescriptions are to be arrested. According to the ministry’s permanent secretary ministry of health, Doctor Diana Atwine,the operation is meant to address disease resistance to antibiotics. Antimicrobial resistance globally contributes to 700,000 deaths annually and it’s projected to rise to 10 million by 2050 if no action is taken.