Category «Health»

MOE disqualifies 100 students from nursing & midwifery courses

By Damali Mukhaye. The Ministry of Education has disqualified 100 students from nursing and midwifery courses over forgery of documents and failure to raise minimum entry requirements. Speaking to KFM, the commissioner Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training at ministry Safinaw Kisu Museene says a verification exercise they embarked on Monday to streamline this sector ends today. She says they have established that at least 100 students either forged their academic papers or do not have the required qualifications and are going to be discontinued. Museene adds that these are to be transferred to other technical institutions that suit their academic qualifications.

MOH to roll out sickle cell screening for school going children

By Shamim Nateebwa.                                  In a move meant to scale up the fight against sickle cell anemia in Uganda, the ministry of health is to roll out screening and sensitizing of secondary school students on how to prevent the disease. Dr.Charles Kiyaga a senior lab technician at Central Republic Health Laboratories says 30% of the members of the general public have sickle cell traits in their blood, so screening young adults prevent having babies born with the cell disease. DrKiyagaappeals to government to ensure availability of sickle cell drugs in health facilities to increase access to treatment. The campaign will start from Buganda region

Specialized doctors in Uganda reducing

By Ssebuliba Samuel. The ministry of health has expressed concern over the reducing number of specialized doctors in Uganda. This comes at the time when Uganda is experecing an exodus of   senior consultant doctors to others countries seeking for greener pasture. Speaking during the launch of UCU School of medicine, the minister for health doctor Jane Ruth Achang said that regardless of increase in medical doctors and medical schools, those specializing in certain disease are still minimum. She said that new medical school should establish special courses to produce specialized doctors who will improve Uganda’s ailing health sector.

High risk districts receive essential Ebola supplies

Ebola screening

Shamim Nateebwa The World Health Organization together with the ministry of health have dispatched essential supplies to the 5 Ebola high risk districts of Uganda. Health minister Ruth Acheng says the supplies delivered include 200 hand washing facilities, over 1,000 Kg of HTC chlorine, 120 cartons of washing soap and 24 boxes of water purification tablets, hydro chlorine solar powered generators, fuel and sanitizers. The ministry recently extended preparedness activities to 5 out of 32 high risk districts including Kabarole, Kisoro, Bundibugyo, Kasese and Kyegwegwa to prevent possible spread of the Ebola virus. Acheng adds that other interventions include training 32 communicators meant to provide technical support in delivery of effective risk communication in the districts, community sensitization and acquiring …

20000 Ugandans died of Aids related illnesses last year, says UAC boss

By Fred Muzaale. At least 20,000 people died of Aids related illnesses in Uganda last year, indicating a decline in deaths resulting from the scourge from 110,000 people in 2016. This has been revealed by the Director General Uganda Aids Commission, Dr Nelson Musoba. Addressing a news conference about the “I know Kati 2018” HIV/Aids campaign, DrMusoba noted that despite the seemingly big number of deaths from Aids related illnesses,  Uganda has made tremendous strides in reducing the number of deaths and new HIV infections. He attributes the reduction in deaths and new infectionsto a new approach which requires people who test HIV positive to start treatment immediately unlike in the past, when treatment was only for those whose CD4 …