Category «Health»

Cholera confirmed in Kampala

By Ssebuliba Samuel. Ministry of health is currently investigating suspected cholera outbreak in in Kampala. According to Emma Ainebyona, eight patients suspected to have contracted cholera in Kampala City have been isolated as test are carried out. He said that out of these patents, so far two have tested positive basing on preliminary results pending confirmatory test from National laboratory services in Butabika. He said that these were residents of Kabowa Parish, Rubaga Division in Kampala City.

Gov’t, Buganda land Board in talks to end sewage crisis at Kiruddu hospital

BY NOBERT ATUKUNDA Talks between government and Buganda Land Board (BLB) on the acquisition of lease of land meant for the construction of treatment plant are in progress to end the sewage crisis at kiruddu hospital. Peter Kaujju the deputy director public and corporate affairs   Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) said after the process is done the sewage from the hospital will be channeled directly to the treatment plant as the current septic tanks cannot sustain the large numbers at the hospital. On Tuesday this week, Sarah Opendi State Minister of Health for General Duties revealed that Shs 3.5bn was released so far by Ministry of Finance to work on the establishment of the sewage system of the hospital. Currently …

Over 2000 health workers vaccinated against Ebola

By Shamim Natebwa.  The ministry of health has reechoed that Uganda is Ebola free. Speaking at the media Engagement on Ebola update at Golf course Hotel the health Minister Doctor Jane Ruth Aceng that Currently on Ebola case has so far been reported in the country and all the 350 suspected cases reported detected negative with more than 2000 front line health workers in the 7 high risk DR Congo boarder districts including Kasese, Bindibugyo, Ntoroko,and others have been fully vaccinated. Doctor Aceng has cautioned journalists from declaring disease outbreaks in the country before being confirmed by the ministry that puts lives of the public on tension. Media has been asked to always respect the incubation period of confirming the disease which …

MOH Permanent Secretary defends proposal to have private hospitals charged for blood

By Benjamin Jumbe. Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine has defended her proposal to have private hospitals charged for blood It follows sharp criticism of the Permanent Secretary’s proposal made at a handover ceremony of a blood donation van to Mengo Hospital. Now speaking to KfmDr Diana said the proposal was done in good faith arguing that the private hospitals continue collecting free processed blood but sell it to patients claiming the payment is for “processing fees”. She admitted that it is not easy at the moment to crack the whip on facilities charging hence the need to find ways of ensuring that Ugandans in need of blood can access it Some people have expressed fear that once …

Pay for blood, Ministry PS tells private hospitals

BY NOBERT ATUKUNDA. The Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr Diana Atwine has asked blood banks to consider charging private hospitals service fees for supply of blood units. She said private hospitals collect free processed blood from blood banks but sell it to patients claiming the payment is “processing fees” Speaking at a handover ceremony of a donated van to Mengo hospital, DrAtwine added that the proposal to charge private hospitals processing fees is not intended to make profit but rather sustain the long procedure of processing blood. She said it will also go a long way in sharing the burden of blood processing costs. Dr Frank Kakuba, the head of Mengo Rotary Blood Bank, said they will discuss DrAtwine’s …