Category «Health»

Maburg: 2 more deaths reported

Two more people suspected to have contracted the Marburg virus have died in Ibanda District. If confirmed, this will bring the total number of Marburg deaths to seven. Health experts there say the two had been admitted at Ibanda hospital after they presented with Marburg signs. The deceased whose identities have not yet been revealed include a 14 year old boy and a 68 year old woman. The Ministry of Health public relations officer Rukia Nakamatte says 3 new suspected cases of Marburg have been admitted at Kabale district. Nakamatte calls for calm as the ministry does every possible to contain the disease. She says they are still closely observing over 250 people who had direct contact with the people …

HIV/AIDS infections highest in Central Region

The latest findings from a survey conducted on HIV/AIDS indicate that the Central Region has the highest prevalence rate at 10%. This is followed by Mid-Northern region with 8.3% Mid Western, South Western, with the lowest number of cases in Mid-Eastern Uganda at 4%. This is according to the findings from the latest HIV/AIDS Indicators Survey released by the ministry of health today. Health Minister Christine Ondoa blames the increase in infections in the Central region on the high population and big number of sexual workers. Ondoa says engagement in risky behaviors is higher in the region, increasing chances of spreading the virus. She says the ministry will now focus on addressing the key drivers of the HIV epidemic to …

Nurses appeal on equipment

As Uganda waits to join the rest of the world in marking the International Nurses and Midwifery Day, government is urged to offer more materials for use in the hospital labor wards. The President of the Nurses and Midwifery Association, Lt. Birabwa Kiwanuka says basic materials like gloves are missing in many hospitals exposing midwives to disease. Birabwa says that many midwives are forced to abandon expectant mothers because of the fear to contract diseases. She now advises the public to also work with the midwives and nurses to improve the services rendered. Meanwhile today UPDF nurses and midwives have partnered with nurses in the different hospitals to spear head a massive measles immunization campaign in Kampala. The UPDF has …

Women protest, tie selves on trees

Women activists have this morning tied themselves on to trees in protest, highlighting the plight of nodding disease victims in Northern disease. The women tied their hands and waists to the tree, before saying a prayer and observing a moment of silence in honor of the victims. The women activists’ protest move was symbolic of the dire situation in parts of Northern Uganda, where parents tie their children on to trees to prevent them from falling and getting hurt. The national coordinator NGO Forum Uganda Eunice Musiime says the plight of the nodding disease victims reflects on the situation of the entire health sector, which she says is ailing. She accuses the government of failing to take action and appeals …

WHO on nodding disease victims

The World health organization has opposed the manner in which at least 25 children affected by nodding disease were transferred from Kitgum to Kampala. The Kitgum district Woman Mp Beatrice Anywar is reported to have transported the 25 children in a bus to Mulago Hospital, saying they were not being given due attention. The outbreak of the disease is majorly concentrated in Kitgum, Pader and Lamwo districts with more than 3000 cases and at least 200 deaths reported. The WHO country representative Dr. Joaquim Saweka says transporting the children without evaluating their health condition wasn’t right especially given the long distance they endured. Saweka emphasized the need for immediate response to ensure that the children get the medical attention they …