Category «Health»

Pneumonia appeal made

As the country joins the rest of the world to mark the world Pneumonia day, the ministry of health has been urged to step up efforts in the fight against the disease. According to the Uganda pediatric association, about 27,000 children die of pneumonia annually. A senior pediatrician at Mulago Referral Hospital Dr. Sabrina Kitaka says there is need for more sensitization about the disease especially in rural areas. Dr. Kitaka says the plans for vaccination against Pneumonia should be made a reality, ensuring that every new born baby is reached. Pneumonia, a severe inflammation of the lungs usually caused by a bacterial infection, is responsible for one in four child deaths every day. The disease kills approximately 1.8 million …

Conjoined twins have died

The conjoined twins who were admitted at Mulago hospital have died. The twins who were born at Buhinda Hospital in Fort portal district on 5th of October were admitted at Mulago Hospital last week. The twins, both boys are sons to Olivia Kaminde and Robert Kyaligonza. The twins had respiratory problems and had been admitted in the intensive care unit. Mulago hospital spokesman, Enock Kusaasira has confirmed the death of the twins. Examinations by the doctors indicated that they shared the heart and liver.

Conjoined twins fight for life

The new set of conjoined twins admitted at Mulago hospital is still fighting for their lives with respiratory problems. The twins who were born at Buhinda Hospital in Fortportal district on 5th of October were admitted at Mulago Hospital last week. The twins both boys are sons of Olivia Kaminde and Robert Kyaligonza. The doctors at Mulago hospital say the twins on admission had a lot of fever and respiratory problems. Dr. Jamil Mugalu a senior pediatrician at Mulago hospital says the babies are not in a good condition but everything possible is being done to save them. Dr. Mugalu notes that they have started conducting tests to establish the exact body organs the babies share. Speaking to KFM, the …

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 …