Category «Health»

Hope as HIV patient is cured

For just the second time since the global epidemic began, a patient DUBBED THE LONDON PATIENT has been cured of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. The news comes nearly 12 years to the day after the first patient known to be cured, a feat that researchers have long tried, and failed, to duplicate. The surprise success now confirms that a cure for H.I.V. infection is possible, if difficult, researchers said. The investigators are to publish their report on today in the journal Nature and to present some of the details at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle.  

MOH signs 165M USD dollar grant

By Ritah Kemigisa. The Ministry of Health has today signed Result based Financing (RBF) grant agreements worth 165 M Dollar with 51 districts under the phase two of the Uganda Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Services Improvement Project Speaking at the signing workshop, the Health Minster Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said the main objective of the project is to improve utilization of Health services with a focus on Reproductive Maternal Newborn care and adolescents health in target districts. The primary project beneficiaries are women of child bearing age, adolescents and children under five who should benefit from a package of high quality and cost-effective interventions The estimated annual budget for the RBF payments for the 51 districts is bout UGX …

MP petitions parliament over sale of Hepatitis B vaccine

By Ritah Kemigisa. Mubende Municipality Member of Parliament Tonny Ssemuli has petitioned parliament over the continued sale of Hepatitis B vaccines to residents in the district yet they are meant to be free. Last year, the Ministry of Health rolled out Hepatitis B vaccination to high burdened districts identified including Mubende as it moves to combat the disease affecting over 1 million people in the country. Government said the vaccine is free of charge but according to Ssemuli who raised on a matter of national importance says in Mubende; residents have to part with some money to be vaccinated. In response, the State Minister of Health for General Duties Sarah Opendi has promised to investigate the matter.

Government orders for 60M condoms

By Benjamin Jumbe. Government has ordered for 60 million condoms to help bridge the existing gap of the rubber This was revealed by the national condom coordinator in the health ministry, Vasta Kibirige as the country joined the rest of the world to commemorate the world Condom day. Kibirige says the country needs at least 240 million condoms a year and a maximum of 600 million condoms if the campaign against HIV/AIDS is to register fruits. She however expresses worry that only 2 out of 10 of the condom users know how to properly use them which puts their lives at risk of contracting STI’s and STD’s. Meanwhile the country programme director, Uganda cares, Henry Magala calls for more awareness …

Self-styled Pastor arrested for stealing from patients in Jinja hospital

By Abubaker Kirunda. A Self-styled Pastor is being held by police in Jinja for allegedly stealing a mobile phone from a patient in Jinja Referral hospital. The 15-year old boy a resident of Masese village in Walukuba-Masese Division in Jinja is said to have been pretending to be praying for patients admitted in the hospital. The Kiira Region police spokesperson DianaNandaula said the suspect targeted the mobile phone of a patient that was charging. Nadaula said other patients in the hospital got suspicious of him and called the owner who got the suspect getting out of the hospital. She said the suspect is being held at Jinja central police station as investigations go on.