Category «Health»

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.

Govt falling short on its Health Care manisfesto

By Moses Kyeyune. The ruling National Resistance Movement is still grappling to deliver its promises on the country’s health cover. On a number of campaign rallies in over a decade, President Museveni has promised to have a fully equipped hospital facility in every district, a Health Center IV per constituency and a Health Center III for every Sub-county. However, in the State of Health Report presented to Parliament, the minister of Health Dr Jane Aceng highlights that 39 districts have no single hospital while 29 constituencies are operating without a health center IV. A hospital by government standards is estimated to serve at least 500,000 people while a Health Center IV is designed to accommodate up to 100, 000 people. …

Officials in the WFP food poisoning incident to be held accountable

By Juliet Nalwooga. Police has vowed to hold accountable any official who will be found to be behind the World Program food Poisoning scandal in Amudat and Napak district if it is established that the food had poisonous bacteria. The Red Cross society has so far confirmed the death four people while 100 victims have been discharged from Lotome health center three. Addressing journalists at the police headquarters in Naguru, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga said they have already sent samples of blood, Urine and food leftovers of six survivors to the government analytical laboratory for examination. Enanga adds that they are yet to establish whether the entire food donation from Turkey was affected. World Food program has since suspended …

KCCA to start TB outreach

By Steven Mbidde. Kampala city authorities are to start a Tuberculosis sensitization and screening campaign to rid the city of TB. The moves follows a report released by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID which showed that Tuberculosis which is an air borne disease is high in  common I the city’s taxi parks, prisons, slum areas, schools, bars and fishing grounds. Now the Kampala capital city Authority’s director of Public Health Dr. Daniel Okello says they are going to hold public education campaigns in some of the hot spots as revealed by the report. Government spends twelve million shillings on treatment of one Tuberculosis patient yet it takes six months for one to fully recover after receiving …