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MOH to use Oral Cholera Vaccine to prevent future outbreaks

By Shamim Nateebwa. The Ministry of Health is set to embark on use of the Oral Cholera Vaccine to prevent future outbreaks of the disease in Uganda. This comes days after the outbreak of cholera was confirmed in Kampala and other remote parts of the country with atleast 7 cases being handled at Naguru hospital. The state minister for health Sarah Opendi says vaccination against cholera will be rolled out in two month as another approach to prevent the epidemic. She however notes that cholera vaccination will not replace the other interventions, but will serve as a complementary measure to fight the disease. Other cholera interventions include social mobilization and community empowerment, promotion of access to safe water, good sanitation, …

104-year-old to end his life, “My life stopped being enjoyable 5 or 10 years ago,”

A 104-year-old Australian scientist who is set to end his life at a clinic in Switzerland later this week told CNN that his life was no longer worth living and said he hoped his story would lead to the legalization of assisted dying in other countries. David Goodall, a respected botanist and ecologist, is due to die at the Life Circle clinic in Basel on Thursday, after traveling to Europe from his home town of Perth, Australia earlier this month. The grandfather-of-12 and longtime member of pro-euthanasia group Exit International said his life stopped being enjoyable “five or 10 years ago,” in part because of his failing mobility and eyesight. “My life has been out in the field (working), but …

Student remanded for faking her own kidnap

By Ruth Anderah. A 19 year old girl has been remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly faking her kidnap and receiving 750,000 shillings from her mother as a disguised ransom. Peace Ansiimirwe is a student and a resident of Bushenyi district.She has been jointly charged alongside her unemployed boy- friend, 22 year old Julius Atwebembeire a resident of Kasubi in Lubaga division within Kampala city. The duo has this afternoon appeared before Buganda Road court grade one magistrate Samuel Kagoda and denied 3 counts including, demanding money by menaces /force, and obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to commit a felony. Prosecut states that on the 23rd/April 2018 at Kasubi in Lubaga division, both Atwebembire and Ansiimirwe hatched a plot  to defraud  Scovia Nahabwe …

Poor sewage management hindering treatment of cholera

By Emmanuel Ainebyoona. Poor sewage management at Kampala’s hospitals has made treatment of cholera patients difficult. A dreadful stench at Mulago’s satellite hospitals of Kiruddu and Kawempe has complicated the fight against the recent outbreak of cholera in Kampala. A visit by Daily Monitor to Kiruddu Hospital yesterday came face to face with reality of septic tanks that are full to capacity with sewage overflowing and leaking into the drainage channel on Salama Road. Likewise, at Kawempe hospital, the unbearable stinking sewage and uncollected garbage had forced patients and hospital staff to cover their nostrils with handkerchiefs. A lot of houseflies could be seen hovering over a heap of garbage between the administration bloc and the admission block of the …

Police release names & pictures of two Magara murder suspects

By Ritah Kemigisa. Police have released the names and pictures of two Suzan Magara murder suspects. According to the deputy police spokesperson,the suspects have been  identified as Yakoub Byensi and Abdul Hakim Lugolobi. Onyango says Byensi, is a resident of Kibuye two in Makindye division and that he normally operates from Queensway along Entebbe road and the Usafi Mosque He meanwhile says the second suspect Lugolobi is said to be a resident of Katikamu in Luwero district, and is a regular at Konge in Makindye division in Kampala and also operates his work from areas of Usafi. Onyango has now called upon the general public to help police with any relevant information in connection to the duo.