Category «Health»

Health Ministry to screen all travelers amid Ebola outbreak

By Ritah Kemigisa. Following the outbreak of Ebola in Neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, the ministry of health has started the screening of all travelers at Entebbe International Airport and other border entry points for any signs and symptoms of Ebola. According to the ministry’s acting Director General Health Service Dr Henry Mwebesa, the screening is also targeting all passengers who have had a history of travel to Congo. Dr Mwebesa says a private medical Centre has since been equipped at the airport to provide counseling and screening services of all suspects and a standby ambulance. He meanwhile adds that all leaders in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso,Kisoro, Kanungu,Kasese, Bundibugyo,Hoima,Kibaale, Kabale and Koboko among others to reactivate their respective district …

MOH sets up task force to respond to Ebola outbreak in neighboring DRC

By Shamim Nateebwa. Government has set up a national task force to respond to the Ebola outbreak reported in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. Health officials have confirmed two cases of the virus and 17 deaths in the town of Bikoro. According to state health minister Sarah Opendi, thetask force comprising various specialists sits this afternoon to come up with precautionary measures to stop the deadly disease from spreading into Uganda. She adds though, that Uganda has over the years built adequate expertise in dealing with such infectious out breaks. In 2000, an outbreak of Ebola in Gulu killed 224 people and infected 425. Among the dead was Dr Matthew Lukwiya who was at the time heading St Mary’s Hospital, …

Cholera outbreak in Kampala

By Benjamin Jumbe. The ministry of health has confirmed an outbreak of Cholera in Kampala. This after alerts about the suspected cases were received through the Uganda Redcross Society’s community reporting system called U report. According to the organisation’s public relations officer Irene Nakasita most of the cases are reported in Makindye division are being handled at Kiruddu hospital. She says six other suspected cases in isolation at Naguru hospital receiving treatment. She adds that other samples have been sent to the Central Public Health Laboratories for further tests.

Uganda Medical Association respond to accusations by the President

By Benjamin Jumbe. The Uganda Medical Association has defended its recent nationwide strike maintaining that it was lawful. This is in response to President Yoweri Museveni’s remarks during national Labor Day celebrations in Sembabule yesterday, where he accused the medical doctors of trying to blackmail government by laying down their tools. He accused them of bad behavior and selfishness, saying those who incited this strike are enemies of the people. However speaking to KFM, the association’s president Dr Ekwaro Obuku says instead,it is government that is trying to blackmail the people,saying professional bodies should be allowed to handle such alleged misconduct without interference.

Pr Bugembe asks gov’t to support street kids

By Ritah Kemigisa. Government has been asked to offer more support and empower local organizations supporting street children in the country. According to Pastor William Bugembe, government should not only focus on strategies to take these children off the streets but also partner with these organizations that have more experience dealing with these children. Pastor Bugembe adds that for these children to be fully taken off the streets there is need to first look at and address the factors bringing them on the streets. He is now recommending for counseling services and paying more attention to their feelings if they are to achieve their full potential.