Category «Health»

Mandatory HIV tests for students will not work-CSOs

By Samuel Ssebuliba Civil Society Organizations have attacked the Uganda Aids Commission for pushing for compulsory testing of HIV for all students in schools and universities. While addressing students at Kyambogo University on Thursday, the commission spokesperson Clare Nampala, suggested that all students found to be HIV positive should be initiated on Anti Ritroviral drugs to suppress their viral load to prevent further spread of the deadly virus. However, Immy Owomugisha the Advocacy Officer International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa tells KFM that besides violating human rights, it will also increase stigma and discrimination. She adds that before advancing such ideas, the ministry must spell out its planned interventions for students found to have the HIV virus. …

Ministry of health calls for joint effort to eliminate teenage pregnancies

By Ssebuliba Samuel. Ministry of health has called for joint effort to eliminate the problem of teenage pregnancy in Uganda. Speaking before parliament this evening, the minister for health Dr Jane Ruth Achenge said that teenage pregnancy is no longer a health concern only by a social problem. She said that to fight this issue, all state holders must be on board including political, religious, and traditional leaders. She said that that notwithstanding they have launched National sexuality frame work which will be instrumental in reduce early sex in schools as well as HIV prevalence. Statistics from ministry of health show that much as teenage pregnancy rate declined from 31% in 2001 to 24% in 2011, it has gone up …

New Twaweza report shows that access to clean and safe water is worsening

By Catherine Ageno A new report by Twaweza has shown that more Ugandans lack access to clean and safe water. Releasing key findings of the research carried out between January and February this year titled “Ugandans experiences and opinions on affordable access to clean and safe water”, the lead researcher Marie Nanyanzi said 40% of the poor and rural people still find it hard to access safe water compared to the urban rich. She attributes the situation mainly to the shortage of water points and the long distance to the available ones. Nanyanzi meanwhile says 74% of the households in the country were found to be getting drinking water from an improved source with access to piped water standing at only …

Nurses vow to go on strike over salary increments

By Samuel Ssebuliba.  Nurses under their umbrella body of the Uganda nurses and midwives union have vowed lay down their tools by 23rd this month if government does not engage them in negotiating for their salaries. In the next financial year’s, government is said to have included salary increment for doctors and nurses, however these say they have not been engaged in negotiating for this increment. Speaking to media today, Justus Kiplangat the president of this union said that, they had a road map for salary increment which they wanted government to follow, but this has been disregarded and no communication has been, made by government in relation to their salary. He said that if no progress is made before …

Blood Collection allocated 10bn to cub blood shortage in the country

In a bid to crack down on blood shortage, the blood collection exercise has been allocated UGX.10BN with a fraction of UGX.1.2Bn going to Uganda Red cross to do mobilization. Uganda needs at least 340,000 units of safe blood annually, but usually only collects 200,000 a year. The acting commissioner planning ministry of health Sara Byakika confirms, through this increment, 75 staff is to be recruited, cold room storage to be expanded and blood collection vans bought to facilitate as well as strengthen blood collection, distribution and storage. Specifically this year, Uganda has seen shortages in blood with many Ugandans coming out to carryout blood collection campaigns to save the lives of Ugandan coupled with intensified drives by the blood transfusion service.