Category «Health»

Kasese water cleared as safe for use

Child drawing water from a tap

The National Water and Sewerage Cooperation has cleared the water in Kasese Municipality as safe for consumption. This follows tests conducted on the water, which have allayed earlier fears of poisoning. Residents in the Municipality woke up to rumors of alleged poisoning of the water at source. The residents were forced to pour out all the water they had fetched last night as fears grew in the morning. Normal activity had also been paralyzed for hours with afew people reporting to work. The National Water and Sewerage Cooperation branch water manager Stanley Kamugisha says the water is safe for consumption. He has also assured the residents that the water source is well guarded and not easily accessed. It is estimated …

Another suicide case at Mulago Hospital

Another person has committed suicide at Mulago hospital. The deceased identified as Kenneth Muhumuza jumped to his death from the fourth floor of the hospital. Muhumuza is said to have been battling a heart disease and tuberculosis and had spent a week at Uganda heart institute in Mulago ward 4C where he committed suicide. The deceased’s brother Baguma Muhumuza says the patient tried to commit suicide yesterday but was restrained till this morning when he escaped and jumped off the building. His body has been taken to the hospital mortuary and the hospital authorities are yet to comment on the matter. This is the third person to commit suicide at Mulago hospital in a space of just one week.

Fundraising drive on for Kilembe Hospital

A fundraising drive for the rehabilitation of Kilembe Mines Hospital in Kasese district is on. The Uganda Red Cross Society in partnership with the National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction is seeking for about 235 million shillings to rebuild the hospital, which was severely affected by floods last month. In a statement, Red Cross Secretary General, Michael Nataka says the funds are urgently required to rebuild the surgery, maternity and infant wards. Nataka says the overall focus is to improve the health status of the communities through reducing mortality and disability arising from common diseases, emergencies and epidemics. Vincent Woboya of the National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction says with the outpatient department only functional, it is hoped that the …

Shs 700 for Fistula

Pregnant woman

The Ministry of Health has earmarked Shs.700 million to cater for obstetric fistula in the country. The Ministry’s Commissioner Clinical Services  Dr. Jacinto Amandra says they intend to use the funds to for prevention and control of fistula among women. Dr. Amandra adds that they also plan to increase access to reproductive health services so that women affected by fistula can easily be attended to. He says that although the cases of women affected by obstetric fistula have reduced drastically, many women in rural areas are still ignorant about its prevention and treatment. The commissioner made the remarks a head of the International Day against Fistula to be marked tomorrow at Soroti Referral Hospital. This preventable and treatable condition occurs …

Blood shortage not alarming-government

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that though the country is facing a shortage of blood, it has not yet reached emergency levels. The State Minister in charge of Primary Health Care Sarah Opendi efforts have been made to send blood to referral hospitals where the shortage was most pronounced. The most affected hospitals include Arua, Gulu, Kitovu and Fortportal. She also allayed fears on the safety of the blood sent out to the hospitals, noting that it goes through rigorous testing and checking to avoid possible transmission of infections. Opendi says more testing kits will be delivered at Nakasero Blood Bank and Mbarara Blood Bank. The blood shortage has however affected the operations of various hospitals. At the Uganda …